The Office of Adolescent Health administers the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Program, a competitive grant program funded by the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), with the aim of improving the health, educational, social, and economic outcomes of expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. Since 2010, OAH has administered competitive grants to 27 states and 4 tribal entities to develop and implement programs using a holistic and integrated approach to serve expectant and parenting young families. Grantees provide a seamless network of supportive services to young families in multiple settings, including high schools, community service centers, and institutions of higher education.
OAH provided funding to two previous cohorts of grantees: 15 states and two tribal entities from FY2010-2012, and 14 states and three tribal entities from FY2013-2016. Additionally, a third cohort of three state agencies was funded in FY 2015 and is now in its second year of implementation. Fifteen states and one tribal entity were funded on July 7, 2017.
With PAF Program funds, grantees conduct the following types of activities:
- Provide a seamless network of supportive services for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families in multiple settings including high schools, community service centers, and institutions of higher education
- Provide violence prevention and intervention services to expectant women who are survivors of intimate partner violence
- Establish cross-sectoral partnerships and community mobilization
- Ensure young families are served in safe and supportive environments
- Engage in strategic communication and dissemination of services for expectant and parenting young families
- Collect performance measures and conduct needs and resources assessments, continuous quality improvement and evaluation of their programs
- Focus on sustainability efforts
Content last reviewed on July 13, 2016