We are so excited to have our Change for Children grant renewed for year two by The Musgrave Foundation. This grant supports a case manager specifically for pregnant and parenting youth.
The pregnant and parenting youth case manager is located at Rare Breed Youth Services, 301 N Main Ave. Homeless and at-risk youth ages 13-24 can receive a wide range of services at Rare Breed including immediate access to basic needs and rapid access to community services.
Youth who are pregnant or parenting have other needs specific to their situations. That’s where our pregnant and parenting youth case manager steps in. In addition to leading a weekly parent time class Thursdays at 10am, the pregnant and parenting youth case manager supports each new and expecting parent individually. The case manager provides education ranging from parenting skills and healthy relationships to job search and money management.
New and expecting parents can receive help applying for WIC, SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance, and other services that keep parents and babies safe and healthy. Onsite, parents can receive diapers, baby items, and bus passes to get to appointments. We can also make referrals to a variety of community services including:
- Burrell Behavioral Health
- Diaper Banks of the Ozarks
- Harmony House
- Isabel’s House
- Jordan Valley Community Health Center
- LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home
- Ozarks Counseling Center
- Pregnancy Care Center
Forty youth are engaging with pregnant and parenting case management. Since January, five youth gave birth to healthy babies—all have been able to retain custody. Twelve more youth are expecting to give birth this year. These parents and babies can receive specialized case management through The Kitchen, Inc. because of the Change for Children grant from The Musgrave Foundation.