SAMARA'S VILLAGE
Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Services

SERVICES

  1. Prenatal Education
    Including breastfeeding, safe sleep, and newborn care, among other things.
  2. Enrollment/Referral Assistance
    Need help finding a doctor or enrolling in WIC or Medicaid. We got you covered!
  3. Teen Childbirth Classes
    Get informed about what to expect, and prepared for the labor and delivery process.
  4. Counseling
    This is a stressful time! We have licensed counselors here to help mom, dad, and their families communicate and manage this life-changing situation... and all free to you!
  5. Home Visit Programs
    We utilize an evidence-based home visiting program that is proven to reduce secondary pregnancies, drop-outs, and child abuse.
  6. 24/7 Dad
    Group meetings are conducted bi-weekly, and focus on promoting a more positive, healthy attitude regarding fatherhood and parenting.
  7. Educational Support
    Coming Soon! We will have a "Computer Lounge" where you can further your education online or receive tutoring from our qualified volunteers.
  8. Life Skills Classes
    Coming Soon! Cooking/ Food Management, Laundry/ Housekeeping, Budgeting, Basic Maintenance (Home and Auto), Gardening, Sewing, .... And more!

Teen Childbirth Classes and Prenatal Education

These classes are conducted three times a year. Expecting mothers must be 19 years of age or younger to attend this series of classes. Classes are based on the Lamaze International Philosophy of Birth.  Many topics covering what to expect and how to prepare for the labor and delivery process are discussed.

Prenatal Education provides an “introduction to parenting/baby” and acts as a continuation of the Childbirth Class. The Prenantal Education class is conducted for 2 weeks.  Information and discussion about Safe Sleep, Newborn Care, Car Seat Safety, and Infant Feeding is conducted with the same group of participants (less any whom will be pursuing adoption). The continuity of the group is important to foster a circle of trust and help facilitate supportive relationships.

Each week of attendance, mothers' names will be entered into a drawing to recieve a free maternity or newborn baby photo shoot (depending on the photographer donating for that series of classes). A winner will be choosen at the end of the 6-week period. 

If an attendee is present for all 6 weeks they will be given a Pack n Play (portable crib) or Car seat FREE.
(One item per child.)

Immediate Need and Enrollment/Referral Assistance

Not only does Samara’s Village assist with meeting an immediate need, participants are also encouraged to evaluate how they can potentially meet that need independently, develop a plan to do so, and support is provided as they execute that plan.

Assistance obtaining valid identification, social security cards and birth certificates
Assistance with preparing for and enrolling in WIC and Medicaid
Referrals and assistance obtaining medical care
Referrals for legal assistance
Referrals for rape crisis services

Counseling

Family Support Counseling: A bi-monthly, intensive “family support meeting” is conducted which includes all individuals the participant considers to be part of his/her immediate support system.

Licensed professionals are able to screen for anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and are qualified to treat as needed or refer to a more intensive program.

COMING SOON:
Individual Therapy and Counseling: Participants meet with a counselor or therapist at least once a month (and more when warranted) to focus on coping skills, co-parenting and communication skills, and goal setting and obtainment.

Home Visit Program

Trained staff members implement an evidenced-based home visit program on a monthly basis with young mother and young father participants.

Partners for a Healthy Baby: This curriculum is designed to support a systematic approach to planning and conducting effective home-visits and is utilized with young pregnant and parenting mothers. A mother can participate in this program from pregnancy until her child is 3 years old, by meeting with a program facilitator and discussing various topics monthly.

Fatherhood/Partners for a Healthy Baby: “Fatherhood” specific items are discussed with expecting and parenting fathers in a home-visit environment monthly. This may be done in coordination with the mother or separately.

24/7 Dad

This curriculum is broken into two parts: A.M. and P.M and focus on promoting a more positive, healthy attitude regarding fatherhood and parenting. Group meetings are conducted bi-weekly (A.M) or monthly (P.M), with fathers over a 1 ½ year period of time by a male “fatherhood advocate.”

Life Skills Classes

Courses are offered over different periods of time depending on the content and always with a small group (3-5). Courses include: Cooking/Food Management, Laundry/Housekeeping, Budgeting, Basic Maintenance (Home and Auto), Gardening, and Sewing.

Are you interested in learning a life skill? We love catering to our participants whenever possible. Let us know what skill you want to learn and we will try to help you!

Educational Support

At Samara’s Village educational support will come in the form of a "computer lounge" or “family room” type of environment. Participants are able to bring their children, if necessary, and continue pursuing their education through an online high school or college or by receiving tutoring conducted by peers and qualified volunteers. While they are in this space they can focus on building not only intellectual skills, but also time-management skills and learn how to juggle parenting a child with another task.


COMING SOON:
Participants will have access to an accredited online high school program that offers a 52-week, self-paced, rolling cycle, which will maximize flexibility, if traditional schooling options aren’t conducive to their needs.