Teen Parenting

A number of agencies offer services especially for pregnant and/or parenting teens. Some of them are listed here. Education, medical care and counseling are among the services that they provide. Being a parent is hard work. There are people and programs that can help. Staying in school and receiving support in parenting skills is the key to a teen parent being a successful and effective parent and gaining the skills needed to be self-sufficient in the future. Programs differ in the services they offer. Call for more information about what each program can provide.

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, (315)789-2686
Catholic Family Center/Hannick Hall, (315)331-2300
Child and Family Resource Center, (315)781-1491
Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Ontario County, (585)394-3977
East Bloomfield Migrant Education Outreach Program, (585)657-7162
Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes Inc., (315)789-2613
F.F. Thompson Hospital, (585)396-6744; Baby and You, (585)396-6000
Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, (315)789-9821
Finger Lakes Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), (585)394-9240
Head Start/Ontario County, (315)789-6828
Ontario County Child Support Office, (585)396-4160
Ontario County Department Of Social Services, (585)396-4060
Ontario County Public Health (MOMS Program), (585)396-4343
Rushville Health Center, (585)554-4400
The Health Association, (585)423-9490
Western-Ontario-Wayne Mothers of Multiples (WOWMOM), (585)394-9493
Child Health Plus, (800)698-4KIDS
Finger Lakes Regional Health System, (315)787-4054
Ontario County WIC Program, (585)394-9240
Rushville Health Center, (585)554-4400
Thompson Health System, (585)396-6660

If you know of a teen parent or child that has special health care needs, or for more information about different health services available to a teen parent and child, call the Ontario County Health Department at (585)396-4340 for information and referral. You may also want to go to your local library, and look at the Parent Group Directory by Wayne-Ontario Services Guide which lists resources for children with health problems and their families. Here are some other programs that offer special care.

Health Care

Being a teen parent may make it hard to stay in school. If you are a teen parent or are going to be one, ask your guidance counselor for help. You may be eligible for home or hospital tutoring. If you have left school and want to return, there are many programs that can help.

Education Services:

    Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, (585)526-6471
    Even Start, (800)977-3731
Child Care

There are many day care centers and families who care for children. See Child Care for more information.

Legal Issues

Teen parents may run into situations that may make it difficult for them to access services to which they have a legal right. If so, legal services are available. Call

Legal Services:
     Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes, (315)781-1465
     Legal Aid Society Youth Advocacy Program, (585)232-4090
     Ontario County Dept. of Social Services, (585)396-4060

For further information:

Alternatives for Battered Women

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Rochester
Big Brothers/Big Sisters provides one-to-one mentoring with child-safe adults matched and monitored with children aged 6 to 16.

Self-administered pregnancy tests, professional referrals when called for and individualized services.

Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes
Various counseling and educational programs, including parenting programs.

Center for Dispute Settlement
The Center for Dispute Settlement offers several mediation programs for families with a variety of concerns. All programs are private and confidential. The Juvenile/PINS Mediation Program works with families and youth where youth behaviors are a problem. Issues discussed often include, issues of respect among family members, responsibilities and choices, rules and curfews, school attendance, completing homework, running away from home and unacceptable language. This program serves families of youth aged 7-18. The Custody and Visitation Program offers families the opportunity to discuss and resolve issues relating to the care, custody and visitation schedules of their children. The Special Education Mediation Program offers parents of children with special education needs the opportunity to resolve educational/service problems with their children's school district in an informal, consumer friendly, confidential format.

Child Abuse Hotline
This is the official state Child Abuse Hotline.

Child and Family Resources
Early childhood programs, growing with baby, parent education (including young parents), babysitter training.

Children First
Geneva Library Children's Desk at (315) 789-5303

Community Action Partnership
Provide assistance to families regarding homelessness, domestic violence, educational advocacy.

Coordinated Child Development Program
The agency provides child care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years; before and after school care for those aged 5 to 12.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County Family Budget Counseling Program
(585)394-3977 x21
Provides free, confidential counseling to families and individuals have difficulty making ends meet.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County Parenting Education for Families
(585) 394-3977

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes
(315)789-2613 or (877)789-2613 toll free
Individual counseling, family counseling, play therapy, sexual abuse assessment and treatment, Hispanic youth groups.

FF Thompson Hospital Family Health and Education
Baby and You pregnancy education classes and other programs related to childbirth.

Finger Lakes Parent Network
The Finger Lakes Parent Network provides parent eduction and training, peer-support for parents and advocacy for the children, including children with emotional, behavioral, mental or developmental disablities.

Finger Lakes WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
(585)394-9240 or (888)942-6886 toll-free
WIC provides nutrition information and supplemental foods for 0-5 year olds and pre-natal, breast feeding and postpartum women.

Foster Grandparent Program
The program enrolls senior citizens in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties to work with children who have special needs.

Geneva Police Department
The department's youth officers work with juvenile deliquency and sometimes petitions to family court for Persons in Need of Supervision.

Geneva Salvation Army
Provides programming for youths and adults including volunteer and community service work and recreational activities.

Juvenile Aid Section Ontario County Sheriff's Office
(585)396-4675; (585)924-7500 or (315)781-1200
The section investigates crimes and offenses committed by persons under 16 years of age, and makes presentations to increase public awareness of crime, health and safety topics.

MISS Foundation
(315) 573-7431
MISS Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support to grieving families, empowerment through community volunteerism opportunities, public policy and legislative action, and programs to reduce infant and toddler death through research and education.

Ontario County Probation Department
The department provides screening and referral services for youth under age 18 who are referred by schools, parents and police as persons in need of supervision due to truancy, incorrigibility or runaway behavior.

Parents Anonymous
(585) 396-0886
Self-help group for parents struggling with family abuse issues.

Rape and Abuse Crisis Service of the Finger Lakes
(315)781-1093 or Hotline: (800)247-7273
The agency provides a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling, medical and legal assistance for people involved in rape or abuse.

Student Transition and Recovery Program
(585) 396-4482
Challenges faced by the S.T.A.R. program include bullying, truancy, fighting, stealing, disrespect

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