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For teen parents, someone to talk to can make big difference

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For teen parents, having someone to talk to can make all the difference when it comes to coping with life's demands, like juggling homework, caring for your baby and maintaining relationships with parents, friends and others.

Here are ways to reach out for support:

  • Connect with a teen mom mentor: Mentors from the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County’s Caps & Cribs program meet weekly with teens during school lunch to discuss finances, relationships, education and parenting. Interested pregnant teens or those who already are parents can click here for more information
  • Talk privately without judgment: 211’s teen hotline is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day. You don't have to give your name or any information about yourself. No problem is too small, too large or too shocking. Dial 2-1-1 or text your ZIP code to 898211.
  • Find community support nearby: BRIDGES sites are neighborhood hubs that build partnerships with community members and local organizations to address tough issues affecting children and families. With 10 sites throughout the county, chances are there's a BRIDGES near you. 
  • Find local parenting classes: Check out the free Positive Parenting Program, known as Triple P, which gives parents simple and practical strategies to help build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems. You can find Triple P programs at:
            • Center for Family Services

            • Community Partners of South Florida         
            • BRIDGES

  • Get expert tips on infant care: Speak confidentially via the 211 helpline with a Help Me Grow specialist to access services, ask for a free developmental screening to make sure your child is on track or find out about other helpful local programs. Call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day and ask for Help Me Grow.
  • Get support after foster care: Vita Nova works closely with teens who age out of the foster care system or are unaccompanied youth. Its mission is to provide a safe place for young adults to get help when they have nowhere to turn for school, work, health care and housing.
  • Get support if you’re homeless: If you live on the street, in a shelter, abandoned building, motel, vehicle or campground, or doubled up with relatives or friends, then you’re eligible to receive services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act through the School District of Palm Beach County.
  • Connect with faith-based mentoring programs: Many local religious organizations offer teen mother mentoring and outreach programs to help teens address the stresses and demands of family, school and career. Check with your faith-based organization to see what's available.
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County