In 2009, Youth & Family Connections, in collaboration with several partner agencies identified an unmet need in Weld County concerning teen pregnancy, teen parents and their ability to access services that can significantly reduce the negative impact that teen age pregnancy and parenting can have on their lives. These challenges often include balancing school, finances, child care, parenting and being parented, and their own physical and emotional development.
Seeing this unmet need, Youth & Family Connections created the Weld County Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Support (WTPPS) project through the utilization of SSUF Round I funds. Within the first year of operation, 49 teen parents, 43 pregnant teens were served and 382 at-risk-youth were presented with pregnancy prevention education/materials and referred to appropriate services, education and/or support deemed beneficial for their circumstances.
Through the utilization of SSUF Round III funds, Youth and Family Connections continued to act as a county-wide resource center for parenting and pregnant teens, and continued to develop additional services, supports and provide a more focused and coordinated response to this issue.
This program is structured to provide pregnancy prevention education to at-risk teens throughout Weld County and a county wide resource center designed to help parenting and pregnant teens receive direct support services and education. Some of the no-cost services available through this program include pre & post-natal healthcare, parenting education, child birth support, nutrition classes, short term child care and relationship building. This is a collaborative community effort to support and nurture positive infant care, enhance parenting skills, reduce the potential for additional pregnancies and promote self-sufficiency for young parents as they remain engaged in the education.
Youth & Family Connections receives referrals for intervention and support services from school districts, law enforcement, the Juvenile Diversion program, Probation Department, Weld County Health Department, several municipal courts and Weld County DHS to help parenting/pregnant teens in Weld County.