Virginia Department of Health
Settings: High Schools, Community Service Centers, Institutions of Higher Education, Juvenile Justice Centers
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will implement the Virginia Family and Fatherhood Initiative (VFFI) to improve the immediate and long-term health and educational outcomes of pregnant and parenting teens, young adults, and their families in the Fairfax, Portsmouth, Roanoke, and Richmond regions. VFFI provides whole-family case management, including home visiting and connections to local resources such as affordable housing, mental health and substance abuse services, food access and nutrition support, intensive education and employment support, child care, transportation, and domestic violence prevention support. VFFI is coordinated through local health departments and Norfolk State University, and will be implemented at high schools, community centers, juvenile justice centers, community colleges, and Historically Black Colleges or Universities. VFFI developed their own Fatherhood Development and Motherhood Development curriculum that includes skill-building support group sessions focused on responsible parenting, co-parenting, understanding trauma, and building resiliency. Through the 24-dosage hour curriculum and the establishment of trusting relationships with case managers, VFFI aims for expectant and parenting teens and young adults to see themselves as capable, responsible parents who can meet their children's needs while caring for themselves and making progress toward their own educational or employment goals.