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Empowering Teen Parents
The Teen Parent Assessment program empowers teen parents to move toward self-sufficiency. The program strives to accomplish self-sufficiency for teen parents in several ways:
- Complete Assessments of the living arrangements for TANF applicants and clients who are under 18 years of age, but not living with their parent or legal guardian;
Provide case management and support services to teenagers who receive TANF benefits to help them develop goals and achieve self-sufficiency;
- Work to reduce teenage pregnancy in the District of Columbia.
- Pro-active, motivational workshops.
Referrals are accepted in writing or by telephone, and from other sources, including caseworkers, the DC Public Schools, community-based programs and the Economic Security Administration.
TANF applicants under 18 years of age must reside with a parent or legal guardian. If a teen parent is unable to reside with a parent or legal guardian, TANF benefits can be approved if an assessment is completed and it concludes that an alternate living situation is in the best interest of the teen parent and her child.