San Francisco Family Support Network
Charlene Clemens, Executive Director
The San Francisco Family Support Network is a unique partnership of the stakeholders in the Family Support field: families, community-based organizations, public departments, and private foundations. The San Francisco Family Support Network was founded in June 2004, building on the San Francisco Starting Points Initiative’s Strategic Plan for Supporting Families. The mission of the San Francisco Family Support Network is to work collectively to achieve quality programs, coordination of resources, and policies that support all San Francisco families.
We envision a San Francisco made vibrant by healthy, strong, and diverse families who are supported by accessible, well-coordinated, high quality resources and services and by policies that value and promote their well-being.
Although there is not much data on Parenting TAY, there are specific programs on the local and state level that work with the network to provide services to that population.
At the local level, the Department of Public Health has the Nurse Family Partnership Home Visiting Program – they target all mothers but also teen/young adult parents with the model to provide in-home support. Also, there is our own Adolescent Family Life Program that is housed at the Hilltop School along with a Child Developmental Center that works with TAY parents as well. 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.
There is also the Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPP). This program provides comprehensive case management services for expectant and parenting teens up to age 19 and ensures that young parents and their children have access to all available health, education, and social services for which they are eligible.