Dear MOAPPP Adolescent Parent Network:
Welcome to the first MOAPPP Adolescent Parent eNews!
This monthly newsletter is designed specifically for professionals who work with adolescent parents and their children. It serves as a supplement to the comprehensive communication you receive from MOAPPP each month (the MOAPPP e-monthly). We will keep it brief—only including the news, research, resources, advocacy and training opportunities most relevant to your work.
As we launch this new effort, I want to let you know that after almost eight great years at MOAPPP, I have decided that it is a good time in my life for a change. Though I don’t know exactly where this journey will take me, I am excited about the prospects that lie ahead. I will miss MOAPPP deeply, particularly all of the amazing people I have worked with, but I am confident that our paths will continue to cross in the years ahead. We will introduce you to the new Adolescent Parent Program Manager before the end of the year.
Thank you for all of the important work you do every day on behalf of young families in Minnesota.
Marilyn Colby Rivkin
Program Manager, MOAPPP
MOAPPP Needs Your Feedback
Please complete this brief survey about MOAPPP’s programs and resources related to adolescent parents and their children. Your feedback helps us evaluate our work and set priorities for the coming year. If you complete your survey by December 15th, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free registration to MOAPPP’s 18th Annual Conference, May 7-8, 2009.
Gaining Support for Teen Parent Families
For the past year, MOAPPP has been part of a collaborative research project with Healthy Teen Network and Frameworks Institute, to identify, test and deploy new messages that might have the potential to change the public conversation about support for young families. Findings from the first phase of this three-phase project are summarized in this review (PDF) of how the media and the advocates in the field currently frame this group of adolescents and the issues they face.
Promising Practices for Helping Pregnant and Parenting Students Succeed
The National Women’s Law Center hosted a web-based seminar on November 12, 2008 for educators, service providers and advocates, that focused on two high school programs focused on helping pregnant and parenting students stay in school. Watch a recording of the session or download the webinar slides.
Teenagers and Their Babies: A Perinatal Home Visitor’s Guide
Written by Ida Cardone, Linda Gilkerson and Nick Weschler of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, this resource provides home visitors with concrete examples on how to skillfully and joyfully assist expectant and new teenage parents build relationships and develop attachment with their baby by utilizing a step-by-step research validated intervention plan as well as techniques and activities. For more information go to the Zero To Three website.
The Daddy Book: A Resource for New Fathers
Designed for new fathers, this excellent resource and activity book has detailed information about child development, father-child activities and much more. The book is free to download from the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network website at www.mnfathers.org (PDF).
For more resources and information about adolescent parents, go to the Adolescent Parent Program page on the MOAPPP website.