This two-year project helped teenage parents access social, educational, legal, and health supports. With a provincial mandate, the project coordinator worked at the grassroots level with teenaged clients in five health districts to define needs, objectives, and service gaps and then integrated existing service networks and raised the level of awareness of teenage parent issues among regional service providers. During the project, new information resources were prepared and disseminated. The project highlighted a lack of continuity in services for teenage parents and the need for a systematic approach to meeting their needs in the employment, legal, social, and education sectors. The project saw a 10 per cent increase in participants staying in school, increased teenage parent access to services, and increased networking among service providers.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.