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Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) Fact Sheet

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The Adolescent Family Life Program addresses the social, health, educational, and economic consequences of adolescent pregnancy by providing comprehensive case management services to pregnant and parenting teens and their children. The AFLP emphasizes promotion of positive youth development, focusing on and building upon the adolescents’ strengths and resources to work toward:

Goals 

  • Improving the health of the pregnant and parenting teen, thus supporting the health of the baby.
  • Improving graduation rates.
  • Reducing repeat pregnancies.
  • Improving linkages and creating networks for pregnant and parenting teens.

Problems

  • The incidence of premature births and low birth weight babies is much greater for adolescents than for babies born to mothers age 20-35.
  • Teen mothers are less likely to complete high school and hence more likely to remain on welfare.
  • Children of teen parents are more likely to become teen parents themselves. 
  • The children of these teens and their families are more likely to remain in poverty.

Program Activities

  • AFLP services are available to pregnant/parenting adolescents females, and to parenting or expectant adolescent males up the 19th birthday. Approximately 3,061 teens are served each year. 
  • Provision of case management services including assessment of adolescents’ strengths and needs, and development of individualized service plans. 
  • Monthly contacts that include home visitation support the teens’ educational and career goals and strengthen their self-sufficiency skills. 
  • Promotion of health and safety practices. 
  • Assisting teens and their children to access appropriate services including: 
    • Medical Care (including prenatal and postpartum care) 
    • Family Planning
    • School Support Services
    • Social Services
    • Substance Abuse Intervention
    • Mental Health Services
    • Parenting Education
    • Health Education
    • Domestic/Relationship Violence
    • Legal Assistance
    • Employment Opportunities
    • Housing Assistance
    • Nutrition Counseling
    • Oral Health
  • Working collaboratively with state and local agencies to develop community awareness of the problem of adolescent pregnancy and improve services for teen parents.

Who Benefits

  • Teen parents, their children and families, and society as a whole.

Who Provides Services

  • Adolescent Family Life Programs are located in 31 counties in the State.  To locate assistance in your area, please see our AFLP Directors and Coordinator Directory. These programs provide services in county health departments, county departments of social services, hospitals, schools, and community-based organizations.  

Funding

  • AFLP agencies are funded by Federal Title V MCH Block Grant Funds, Federal Title XIX (Medicaid) Funds, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health Pregnancy Assistance Grant Funds.
  • The California Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program administers AFLP. Please see the Adolescent Family Life Program for more information.
 
 
Last modified on: 7/26/2013 4:20 PM