On Track for Healthy and Productive Lives
Inwood House’s Continuum of Care is a proven, successful program that provides education and support for pregnant and parenting teens. The program, which serves primarily young women but also includes services for fathers, is designed to:
- Increase young parents’ sense of self-worth and self-efficacy
- Improve the health of teen mothers and fathers and their babies
- Improve family relationships and build a network of support
- Improve outcomes for education and employability
- Reduce the incidence of repeat early pregnancies, child abuse, and neglect
Findings from a four-year study of the Inwood House Continuum of Care, underwritten by a national demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found outcomes significantly better than local and national norms for our teen parents. One year after delivery:
- 92% of our teen mothers were still in school or had graduated
- Nearly 100% had custody of their baby and had the father in regular contact with the child
- Nearly 100% had health insurance, had their babies fully immunized, and had provided an average of four well-baby visits
- 69% held a paid internship, and 23% were employed full-time
- 69% were using birth control
- 82% had a bank account
Our young mothers and their children are on track for healthy and productive lives.
The Continuum of Care model includes:
- Parenting Support through Video (PSV): We use video to help build on positive interactions between parents and children. Video sessions are alternated with strength-based feedback to help young parents understand how their interactions with their children build attachment.
- Home-Based Counseling: Counseling addresses parenting from a strength-based perspective and focuses on social/emotional competencies, creating a positive cultural identity, identifying family values and social connections, early intervention screenings, and managing stress and establishing positive coping mechanisms.
- Workshops: Parenting groups are offered to young moms that focus on building knowledge of child development, appropriate discipline, self-awareness, attachment between parent and child, negotiating co-parenting relationships, and overall emotional/physical well-being of parent and child.
- Teen Choice: Comprehensive sexuality education in a group setting.
- IMPACT (Interventions to Maintain Parents and Children Together): The goal of IMPACT is to help birth parents get their children returned to them from foster care.