Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN)

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About This Program

Target Population: Pregnant and parenting teen wards of the state between the ages of 13 and 21 years old and their children up to age of 8 years old

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 8, 13 – 21

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 8, 13 – 21

Brief Description

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TSPN), a part of UCAN, ensures and manages the quality of service provided to teens/young adult parents who are wards of the State of Illinois and their children. Legislation defines the legal rights and provides for community-based programs and services for all pregnant and parenting teens who are wards of the State, including placements, education, day care, independent living programs, and health care. TPSN monitors and provides programmatic support to case management, placement, and parenting specialty agencies which provide services to this population. Additionally, the network provides an array of supportive and direct services to meet their complex needs.

Program Goals:

The goals of Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) are:

  • Serve a diverse and evolving population through cutting edge services:
    • Offer creative programs that are research-informed
    • Develop “Creative Programming” and materials that can be accessed statewide
    • Evaluate data requests to determine trends and inform the continuous improvement of the data system
    • Enhance service delivery through the utilization of social media and other technology
    • Examine the impact of giving young mothers support throughout pregnancy as well as during and after the birthing process by developing and implementing the Doula Service Pilot program
  • Prepare young people for mastering parenting by having them utilize healthy parenting practices:
    • Mediate risk and track this by using the Adult and Adolescent Planning Inventory (AAPI) with teen parents
    • Ensure the well-being of clients’ 3- to 5-year old children by helping the parents get the children enrolled in Early Childhood Education programs
    • Ensure the well-being of clients’ new babies by helping them have access to obtain a complete developmental screening within the first year of life
  • Expand TPSN and develop equitable services statewide through collaboration with community agencies:
    • Form a statewide workgroup to determine what the TPSN model might look like statewide
  • Value the role of males in the family by encouraging males to actively and consistently parent their children:
    • Create a forum for male parents to define what being a father means to them
    • Write operational definitions for “active and consistent” parenting and develop a measure to track it
    • Form an external Male Engagement Advisory Group that consists of community members who are fathers or who have experience engaging young fathers
  • Break barriers to school success and employment by preparing the clients for independence as evidenced by increased educational achievement and employment:
    • Ensure that teen parents/young adults are in school, have achieved their High School diploma/GED, or are employed at least part-time
    • Improve data reliability and efficiency of collection as evidenced by obtaining the education and employment data for clients

Contact Information

Andrea Chua, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: UCAN-Teen Parenting Service Network
Website: www.ucanchicago.org/our-programs/building-strong-families
Phone: (773) 588-5627
Fax: (773) 588-5386

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2013

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2013