The residence is a welcoming, nurturing, home-like setting with the capacity for 12 mothers and babies. Young women between the ages of 13- 21 can arrive at any time during their pregnancy and stay with their babies for several months. The length of stay is dependent on individual needs.
The focus is for pregnant young women to experience a healthy pregnancy and birth as well as learning self care and life skills necessary to transition to their new roles as mothers. During their stay, staff works closely with the young parents to develop their individual goals/ life plans. Most residents attend the on site school during their prenatal stay.
The focus is for new parents and their infants to get to know each other and for the new parents to learn to be the best parents they can be. Infant care is learned with the support of staff; positive attachment and parenting groups are attended by new mothers and sometimes their partners. During their post natal stay, staff continues to work closely with the young parents and their infants on their goals/ life plans, including their move out plans.
While most of the young women coming into the residence program are planning to parent, we welcome and support those planning adoption for their child as well. Programming is individualized to suit the young women’s plans.