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Healthy Montana Teen Parent Program

Facilitating self-sufficiency, building parenting capacity, encouraging postsecondary education and workforce preparedness, and improving the health growth and development of children.

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Flexible, Quality Education

Flexible, quality schooling is important to help young parents complete high school or obtain their GED. This includes flexible schedules and classes, mentoring, and educational advocacy/mentoring.

The Workforce Investment Act Youth Program provides academic and occupational support such as tutoring, work experience like internships and job shadowing, and supportive services to youth ages 14 - 21.

Eligibility for the program, in addition to age, are that the person be low income and meet at least one barrier to employment, which includes pregnant or parenting.


Family Support Services
  • Best Beginnings Stars to Quality is a program contributing to the availability of quality services for all Montana children.
  • Bridge to Benefits is an online program to help people figure out if they are eligible for assistance programs.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides cash reimbursement for serving meals to enrolled participants that meet Federal nutritional guidelines, outlined in the CACFP meal pattern.
  • The Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) provides state and federally mandated protective services to children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned. Services include:
    • In-Home Services such as home management skill training, parenting education classes, modeling skills for parents, and supervised visitations.
    • Family Group Decision-Making Meetings bring together family, friends, social workers, and service provides to share concerns, knowledge and skills.
    • Kinship Care involves placing a child, whenever possible, with an extended family, clan, or tribal member.
    • Indian Child Welfare Act encourages American Indian children to be placed in settings that encourage connections with their tribal heritage.
    • Foster Care such as family foster care, group homes, shelter care, and residential facilities.
    • Reunification Services help improve parents' abilities to care for their children so that children who have been removed from the home can return as soon as possible.
    • Adoption offers a child a lifetime link to a family and is generally the permanency plan of choice when a court terminates parental rights.
    • Guardianship is an alternative to adoption. Guardianship is a legal relationship that can only be established or dissolved by a court and is available for children ages 16 - 21 who are making the transition from foster care to independent living.
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies work with child care providers to provide training and technical assistance, and families to identify and assist with quality child care.
  • Children's Mental Health Service Plan provides medically necessary mental health services for youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances who meet financial criteria.
  • Children's Special Health Services is a program that may be able to help children who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions. Program offerings include:
    • Newborn Hearing Screening provides referrals to families seeking additional information about their newborn's hearing screening test results. In Montana, all newborns are screened for hearing loss.
    • Pediatric Specialty Clinics provide clinics where a team of health care providers led by a pediatric specialist come together to evaluate and develop a comprehensive plan of care for children with a specific condition such as arthritis, cleft lip/palate, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and a variety of other topics.
  • Head Start and Early Head Start provide services to low-income families around early child development and school readiness.
  • Healthy Montana Kids provides free or low-cost health coverage for children and teenagers up to age 19.
  • Low-Income Energy Assistance is a program which provides assistance with winter heating needs.
  • Montana Children's Trust Fund provides funding to effective, primary prevention programs in local communities throughout Montana. Also enhances communities' capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect by allocating funds annually for prevention programs to community-based organizations. Provides public education such as conferences, workshops, and seminars.
  • MontanaFreeFile can help people find free or low-cost options to file their taxes, along with information about refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • MontanaLawHelp provides legal information related to families and kids, relationships, housing, and more.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides food and nutrition assistance.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to low-income families.
  • WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) provides food and nutrition assistance to low income, pregnant, lactating and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five, who are at nutrition risk.
Prenatal and Reproductive Health Services
  • text4baby is a national initiative from the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition for moms and soon-to-be moms. Your clients can sign up for free text messages with timely information on prenatal care, health, parenting, and more.
  • The Coming of the Blessing is a March of Dimes initiative for American Indian and Alaska Native families. It provides education, training, and resources on prenatal care, using traditional beliefs.
  • The Women's and Men's Health Section of DPHHS provides information about local family planning clinics.
Child Care with Links to Preventive Health Care
Parenting, Nurturing, and Life Skills
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers a Nutrition Education program for SNAP recipients through Montana State University to help with health food choices and choosing active life styles.
  • text4baby is a national initiative from the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition for moms and soon-to-be moms. Your clients can sign up for free text messages with timely information on prenatal care, health, parenting, and more.
Breastfeeding Support

Need information about or support with breastfeeding? Visit the links below:

The National Breastfeeding Helpline, available in English and Spanish, is also a resource that can provide support over the phone. You can talk to a trained breastfeeding peer counselor by calling 1-800-994-9662.

Looking for a Guide to Breastfeeding?

Other Resources

Know of a program serving pregnant and parenting teens that is not listed here? Email it to khart2@mt.gov.

Online resources:

Fact Sheets, Guides, and Other Publication Resources:

The project described was supported by Grant Number 6 SP1AH000023-01 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.

For more information contact:

Kelly Hart
(406) 329-1537

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Page last updated: 09/22/2014