Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) addresses the social, health, educational and economic challenges of adolescent pregnancy by providing comprehensive case management services to expectant and parenting teens and their children. The program emphasizes building upon an adolescent’s strengths and resources. Case managers work closely with youth to improve the health and well-being of themselves and their children. The California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division has developed an affirming and prevention-based approach to the program called Positive Youth Development (PYD). This approach to working with adolescents aims to develop their resilience by strengthening their developmental assets. Through PYD, young people become empowered to pursue life goals. Youth are provided with ongoing support and opportunities to develop the resilience and skills that will help them thrive during and after they exit the program.
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OUR GOAL: To reduce repeat adolescent births, increase educational or vocational advancement, improve parent and child health, and create networks of support for expectant and parenting youth.
WHO WE SERVE: Expectant and parenting adolescents up to age 19 who have custody of the child or are co-parenting with a custodial parent.
SERVICE DELIVERY: Services are provided by county health departments, county departments of social services, hospitals, schools and community-based organizations.
OUTCOMES: A formative evaluation of the AFLP evidence-informed Positive Youth Development approach was completed by UC San Francisco in 2014. The revised AFLP PYD program is currently being evaluated by Mathematica Policy Research as part of the federal evaluation of the Office of Adolescent Health, Pregnancy Assistance Funds.
FINANCING: Federal Title V MCH Block Grant Funds, Federal Title XIX (Medicaid) Funds and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, Pregnancy Assistance Funds.
All young people have strengths. The AFLP PYD approach helps youth develop these strengths. Through PYD, adolescents learn to use their voice. PYD strengthens young people’s ability to identify, build on and enhance their capabilities, knowledge, skills and assets.
AFLP PYD case managers meet with clients twice per month, providing guidance in a non-judgmental and supportive setting. Youth are partners in the program. They are given meaningful opportunities to contribute and practice skills.
Working through the PYD intervention, young
people engage in life planning and learn how to set and achieve goals based on their own strengths and values. Discussions and activities focus on these themes:
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