The Office of Adolescent Health administers the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF), a $25 million competitive grant program funded by the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) to provide expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families with a seamless network of supportive services. From Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-2012, OAH provided funding to its first cohort of PAF grantees. Fifteen states and two tribal entities received funding for a three-year project period. The second cohort of grantees (14 states and three tribal entities) was awarded in July 2013; these grantees are funded for a four-year project period FY 2013-2016. The third cohort, consisting of three state agencies and awarded in July 2015, is funded for a five-year project period FY 2015-2019.
With PAF funds, grantees conduct the following types of activities:
- Support expectant and parenting student services at institutions of higher education;
- Support expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families 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 services for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families.