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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.

Information for Teens

Flexible, Quality Education

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.

The resources below are from the National Women's Law Center, and include information about your legal rights as a pregnant and/or parenting student:

Family Support Services
  • Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships provides child care scholarships to qualified low income families whose child attends a licensed child care center, registered group or family child care home, or legally unregistered child care provider.
  • Bridge to Benefits is an online program to help people figure out if they are eligible for assistance programs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Children's Autism Waiver Services provides support and services to children diagnosed with autism who are at least 15 months through age four when enrolled.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parents Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) is a non-profit organization providing information, support, training, and assistance to parents of children with special needs in the state of Montana.
  • 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. TANF may also be able to provide child care assistance to eligible recipients.
  • 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, along with breastfeeing support and promotion.
Prenatal and Reproductive Health Services
  • text4baby is a national initiative from the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition for moms and soon-to-be moms. Sign up for free text messages with timely information on prenatal care, baby health, parenting, and more.
  • The Women's and Men's Health Section of DPHHS provides information about local family planning clinics.

Looking for information about your reproductive health? Visit one of the sites below:

  • Girlshealth.gov is a website for girls ages 10 - 16 to learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.
  • I Wanna Know! is a website by the American Social Health Association providing information to teens and young adults.
  • It's Your (Sex) Life is a website developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with MTV with information about sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive options, and other sexual health information.
  • Planned Parenthood- Teen Talk provides health information for teens.
  • Sex, Etc. provides teens with information about sex, relationships, pregnancy, and other topics.
  • Stay Teen is a website by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy which provides information about sex, relationships, waiting, and contraception.
  • Teen's Health, from the Nemours Foundation, provides accurate, up-to-date health information reviewed by medical experts.
  • Teen Survival Guide- Health Tips for On-the-go Girls is a guide from the Office of Women's Health that includes information on reproductive health, hygiene, sleep, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, self-esteem, dealing with stress and peer pressure, and planning for the future.
Child Care Services
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies provide referral services to families seeking childcare.
  • Legally Certified Provider (LCP) or Legally Certified In-Home Provider (LCI) is a child care provider chosen by a parent who is a family member or friend who may receive state payment for those services. Contact the Child Care Program Manager for more information at (406) 444-0309.
  • The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services offers information about how to find child care and how to get help paying for child 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 pregnant moms. Sign up for free text messages with timely information on prenatal care, baby health, parenting, and more.

Other Parenting Resources:

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

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.

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