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Teen Parenting

If you are a youth in care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), are a minor (male or female), and are pregnant or have a child and are the caretaker of that child, you have the right to be informed about pregnancy options and alternatives. Contact your caseworker as soon as possible and he or she will connect you to information, services and support to help you during this important time of your life. Read the DCFS brochure Important Information for Pregnant or Parenting Teens in English or en español for more information.
The programs below offer additional help to pregnant and parenting youth in care.
Metropolitan Family Services MOMs Plus
MOMs Plus is offered to pregnant and/or young mothers ages 13-21 who are in the care of DCFS and reside in Cook County. MOMs Plus is designed to increase knowledge of parenting skills, promote and monitor healthy child development, prevent child abuse and neglect and decrease subsequent teen pregnancies. MOMs Plus staff provides family support and information to help participants become healthy and nurturing mothers and fathers. MOMs Plus also provides services to pregnant and parenting youth who have developmental disabilities.
Parenting Adolescents Support Services Program (PASS)
The Catholic Charities’ PASS program provides intensive home visiting services to male or female pregnant or parenting youth in care, ages 15-21, who are living in shelters, foster and group homes or transitional or independent living programs. The PASS program’s primary goal is to provide prevention and intervention support services to young parents and their child(ren) who are high risk of child abuse and neglect. A service plan is developed with the young parent to identify the goals that will enable her or him to become more effective parents.
UCAN’s Teen Parent Service Network (TPSN)
The Teen Parent Service Network (TPSN) is responsible for providing oversight and service coordination to pregnant and parenting youth in care and their children statewide by linking youth and their children to an array of services, including: TPSN case management teams, education and employment support, parenting and clinical support, comprehensive discharge planning, advocacy, health care, early learning, home visiting, day care coordination for their children and other specialty services. TPSN and its partners also provide Risk Reduction training across the state that focuses on safe sleep, how to select a good care provider, how to identify if a child has been mistreated and infant brain development. UCAN TPSN and its partners are experts in working with teens to ensure they succeed as people and as parents.
Illinois Department of Human Services
The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) is another state agency that provides services to pregnant and parenting teens. The department’s teen parent programs help pregnant and parenting teens get the education and training they need to support their families and become better parents. The DHS Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is a food assistance program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy. Click here to see if you are eligible to receive WIC benefits.
All Kids
The All Kids program offers Illinois uninsured children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers. Parents pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but rates are significantly lower than they are on the private market.
All Kids has two programs to help pregnant women get the care they need to keep their babies healthy. Click here for more information:
  • Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE) offers immediate, temporary coverage for outpatient healthcare for pregnant women.
  • Moms & Babies covers healthcare for women while they are pregnant and for 60 days after the baby is born. Moms & Babies covers both outpatient healthcare and inpatient hospital care, including delivery.
FamilyCare offers healthcare coverage to parents living with their children 18 years old or younger in Illinois. FamilyCare also covers relatives who are caring for children in place of their parents. FamilyCare covers doctor visits, specialty medical services, hospital care, emergency services, prescription drugs and more. Parents can have income up to the amounts shown in the income guideline chart.
Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
Child care resource and referral services are available in all Illinois communities through local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies. CCR&R agencies provide:
  • Education, information and resource materials about quality child care options;
  • Referrals to child care programs;
  • Quality Counts Online Child Care Search;
  • Help with paying for child care costs for families who qualify; and
  • Referrals to services for children with special needs.

For more information about finding quality child care, click here.