Through the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), The Office of Adolescent Health administers the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF), a $25 million competitive grant program. PAF provides funding to States and Tribes to provide pregnant and parenting teens and women with a seamless network of supportive services to help them complete high school or postsecondary degrees and gain access to health care, child care, family housing, and other critical supports. The funds are also used to improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Original awards were made in 2010 to 17 entities for up to three years to develop and implement activities to support pregnant and parenting teens and women.
With PAF funds, grantees conduct the following types of activities:
- Support pregnant and parenting student services at institutions of higher education;
- Support pregnant and parenting teens at high schools and community service centers;
- Improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and
- Increase public awareness and education efforts.