New Jersey Department of Children and Families: Division of Family and Community Partnership
Settings: High schools and Community Service Centers, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, and Public Awareness and Education
Promoting Success for Expectant & Parenting Teens New Jersey (PSNJ) will enhance the teen parent support provided through the Parent Linking Program (PLP) and Project Teach programs. In addition, PSNJ will partner with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) to identify three additional PLP sites within schools funded through the NJ School- Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP). The goal is to strengthen case management and child care supports necessary for a teen parent to successfully complete their education; improve child and maternal health outcomes; improve pregnancy spacing and reduce the likelihood of repeat teen pregnancies; increase parenting skills for mothers, fathers and families; strengthen father involvement and co-parenting relationships, as appropriate; decrease intimate partner violence; and raise awareness of and coordinate available state and local resources to better support expectant and parenting teens and their families.
DCF will engage with organizations supporting and engaging fathers across the state. The PSNJ will focus on fatherhood and healthy relationships. In addressing this area, DCF will work and collaborate with three community-based grants to work collaboratively with schools and/or home visiting programs that serve expectant and parenting teen fathers to develop and connect them to fatherhood programs across the state. This work will align with New Jersey’s DCF strategic direction of engaging fathers.