A safe place for young mothers to learn, grow, and raise their children
We Help Young Mothers in Foster Care Keep Their Children
Teenage girls facing pregnancy—often without supportive partners or positive family role models—need love, instruction, and support to rebuild their lives and assure the well-being of their children. YLI offers New Horizons, a residential program that serves young women and their children who are currently in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
To participate, the mother must demonstrate a genuine desire to parent her child and be willing to continue her education, participate in activities designed to increase parenting skills and create a positive environment for her child.
With a supportive staff, the girls become self-confident and learn to be effective mothers through hands-on educational experiences, such as meeting their daily needs and the needs of their children, completing weekly goal plans and community service projects. New Horizons works to break unhealthy cycles - poverty, multiple pregnancies, unsustainable jobs, abuse - often seen in teenage mothers. In providing teens with resources, education and support, New Horizons works against these at-risk cycles and instead strives to build self-sustaining young families.
- To develop a positive self-image in the individuals
- To offer life skills training for the mothers
- To provide independent living skills for the mothers
- To offer employment skills to each program participant
- To provide parenting skills
- To further the academic education of the participants
- To offer a positive growing environment for each family member
- To prepare each family with the attributes needed for a positive transition into the community
The program is designed for any teen mother aged 14-21 who is currently in the custody of the Department of Social Services and is in the physical care of the agency, together with her child aged birth to 5 years old. The mother must demonstrate a genuine desire to parent her child. She must also be willing to continue her education, participate in activities designed to increase parenting skills and create a positive environment for her child.