Teen Parenting

There are a number of agencies that 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. Call for more information about what each program can provide you. Programs differ in the services they offer.

The following organizations also will provide information and/or assistance:

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

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

Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region
Sexually transmitted disease testing for men and women; birth control; counseling; pregnancy tests, women's reproductive health.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes
Free pregnancy testing; counseling and referrals; material aid, baby clothes, items and maternity clothes; abstinence counseling and support; education on fetal development, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases.

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.

Thompson Health
(585) 396-6497
We primarily provide education, but give contact numbers and instructor email addresses to students in the class, and will handle 1:1 issues directly, or provide appropriate resources as needed.

Special Health Care Needs

If you or your child have special health care needs, or for more information on different services available to you or your child, call the Ontario County Health Department at 585-396-4343 for information and referral. You may also want to go to your local library, and look at the Parent Group Directory of the University of Rochester's Department of Pediatrics which lists resources for children with health problems and their families. Here are some other programs that offer special care.

Being a teen parent may make it hard to finish school. If you are a teen parent, or are going to be one, start with your guidance counselor to get help. If you want to get back in school, there are many programs that can help.

The following organizations also will provide information and/or assistance:

Building Blocks Comprehensive Services
(585) 393-0554
Provides Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, service coordination, and a range of other services including pre-school programs for children from birth to age 5.

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.

Happiness House Finger Lakes Cerebral Palsy Association
The agency provides a variety of programs for pre-school children, including pre-school, child care, universal pre-kindergarten, developmental evaluations, special education, therapies and a summer recreational program.

Ontario ARC
Ontario ARC provides a wide range of services to the developmentally disabled.

New York State Office of Mental Retardation
The Finger Lakes DDSO coordinates and supervises services to those with mental retardation and some other disabilities in the Finger Lakes area including Ontario County.

Ontario County Public Health Department
Services to children with developmental delays aged from birth to 5; maternal health services including pre- and post-natal; lead prevention education, a car seat program.

Ontario County Children with Special Needs
Early Intervention services for eligible children and a physically handicapped children's program for families with children with chronic medical conditions.

Rochester Regional Transition Coordination Site
(585)377-4660 x2730
The agency provides technical assistance to school districts and BOCES regarding implementation of state and federal transition regulations; enhances student and parent participation in the transition process, and owrks to improve linkage between adult agency providers, post-secondary institutions and schoools.

West Street School, Geneva
The counseling program at West Street School includes a primary mental health project, special friends program and conflict management.

Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
(585) 238-2900
Works with adults with disabilities to help them find jobs and provides retraining support.

Unity House of Cayuga County Inc.
Employment services for disabled adults.

Day Care

There are a lot of day care centers and families that care for children. You can find out what is available, and what assistance is available to help you pay for child care, by calling:

Bristol Mountain Child Care Center

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.

Clifton Springs YMCA School Age Child Care

Canandaigua Family YMCA Preschool/School Age Child Care

Finger Lakes Community College Child Care Center
Child care for children aged 18 months to 5 years.

Geneva Child Development Center

Geneva General Child Care Center
The agency provides education-based child care for children aged from six weeks to 5 years, and after-school care for children age 5 to 12.

Geneva YMCA Preschool and School Age Child Care
The YMCA offers after-school care, swim team fitness, gymnastics, summer camp, trainers, swim lessons, rock climbing wall, racquet ball and open gym/swim opportunities. The focus is on healthy lifestyles, exercise and character development.

Jack 'n' Jill Childcare Center

Geneva Lakefront Childcare Center

Our Children's Place
Child care for children aged six weeks to 12 years, Head Start and Universal Pre-K.

Rise Day Care Center

Provides child care for children aged six weeks through school age.

Victor Childcare Center

Clifton Springs Area YMCA
The YMCA provides a variety of activities for families and children, including summer programs. No youth membership is charged.

Thompson Health
(585) 396-6497
We primarily provide education, but give contact numbers and instructor email addresses to students in the class, and will handle 1:1 issues directly, or provide appropriate resources as needed.

Legal Issues

You may run into situations as a teen parent that make it difficult for you to get services to which you have a legal right. If so, legal services are available.

Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes
Legal Assistance provides legal representation for people in civil matters for those who meet income requirements.

Ontario County Department of Social Services
(585)396-4060 or (877)814-6907 toll free
The agency's services are geared toward families and include financial assistance and family and children services including child protective, foster care and preventative services.

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