Goals for the Success of the Collaboration
GOAL 1. Simplify the multiple systems affecting teen parents by creating a seamless system that provides pregnant and parenting teens and their children stability, safety, education and the self-esteem to achieve self- reliance. In order to do this:
• Develop and maintain a Community Asset Map describing the programs serving teen mothers and fathers in Hennepin County.
• Develop and use common tools and instruments: release forms, screening tool, assessments, and outcome measures.
• Develop coordinated accessible systems for making referrals and maintaining client records.
• Develop a system for a single point (or limited points) of entry.
GOAL 2. Define best practices and expectations of quality service and determining level of service for different levels of need.
GOAL 3. Develop a system for assigning a best practices manager to every pregnant and parenting teen in Hennepin County. The best practices manager:
• develops a trusting relationship with the teen
• assesses needs & strengths & risk level using a common tool
• helps teens understand all the systems they must deal with
• provides information and help necessary to access those services
• provides some services and/or makes warm referrals for services at the level at which the client needs
• follows up on referrals
• keeps track of teen’s whereabouts and life events
• monitors progress over time
• reassesses needs & strengths on a regular basis
• keeps track of need for and use of all best practices services
• is the ‘go-to’ person for a teen
GOAL 4. Determine standards of care to which all HCTPC members will adhere in order to ensure a high quality of services for teen mothers and fathers and their children.
Goals for the Success of Teen Mothers and Fathers
GOAL 1. Teen develops long-term self-sufficiency and strategies to continue personal growth.Pregnant and parenting teens’ needs are assessed and they receive the following services at the level of need:
• case management
• education, including post-secondary
• income support
• job training / job placement services
• quality childcare services
• transportation services
• housing supports
• primary health care for both teens and their children
• reproductive health care & education
• mental health services
• ancillary community support services
• father programs
• life skills education
• youth development opportunities
GOAL 2. Teen mothers and fathers develop healthy attachment relationships with their children and use good parenting skills
• Teen mothers and fathers engage in parent education and/or parent mentoring programs
• Teen mothers and adult and teen fathers are assisted in developing a supportive co-parenting relationship (when safe to do so)
GOAL 3. Teen mothers and fathers receive family planning / child spacing support services and delay subsequent pregnancies.
Goals for the Success of the Child
GOAL 1. Child experiences a healthy birth. Expectant teen mother’s needs are assessed and she receives:
• prenatal healthcare services
• mental health / counseling services
• nutritional supports
• a supportive relationship with a primary healthcare professional
• dental health
• help in developing a birth plan
• case management services
GOAL 2. Child experiences healthy growth and development. The child’s needs are assessed and the parents are assisted in meeting the family’s needs for:
• health insurance coverage
• timely immunizations
• primary health care services
• dental care
• nutritional supports
• quality, nurturing childcare
GOAL 3. Child enters school ready to succeed. Children of teen parents receive on-going developmental screenings and appropriate intervention is provided.
Goals for the Success of Extended Family of Teen Parents
GOAL 1. Decreased teen pregnancies among extended family members of parenting teens.
GOAL 2. Increased involvement of and support from family members for teen mothers and fathers to achieve their desired goals.