We offer the program to mothers between the ages of 16 and 20 years old who are in the foster care system or with the Department of Juvenile Services. Damamli is licensed to provide services to a maximum of 24 mothers and can accept mothers who are pregnant or have up to two children. While in the foster home, they work with a foster parent and case manager to begin developing a plan for their future and working on the steps necessary to accomplish their goals. Foster parents in our Damamli program work closely with our teen mothers to help them build critical parenting and independent living skills. Through this experience young parents are prepared to live independently with their baby.
Additional supportive services include parenting and healthy relationship classes, life skills workshops and certified counseling, all designed to prepare them for long-term independence. The structured program empowers and equips parenting teen moms as they move toward personal and economic self-sufficiency. The teen moms learn to incorporate healthy routines into daily life while living with their children and their peers in a safe environment. Education is foundational to the program, with all participants earning a GED and moving on to further education as well as participating in our parenting and life skills classes, healthy relationships classes, and certified counseling as necessary. We offer a variety of components designed to help teen moms become self-sufficient members of their community who are also nurturing, loving parents. We offer a menu-style approach to services that allows our teen moms to define their own goals and then select the components that will help them reach those goals. Career assessment is provided after GED certification is achieved.
Sophonie is a success: she accomplished her goals to finish high school on time and be the best mom she could be to her now 2-year old daughter. Sophonie faced opposition and challenges along the way to being a teen parent, but she is now proud to have her own place and looking forward to studying to becoming a nurse. She is doing it! Fran Benton, Director of Public Relations at Nurse-Family Partnership, interviewed Sophonie Celestin to learn more about her experience as a teen mom and advice for others.
Below, Christa shares a brief explanation of how this ministry began. If You are a single mother between the ages of 13 and 23, and interested in setting and achieving goals, the Catholic Charities Teen Moms Program includes a traditional on-site program, and some off-site outreach services. Teen mothers work on individual goals and can earn incentives for meeting these goals. The Discovery Workshops for the traditional program are held every Wednesday from September through May from p. If you would like more information or an application, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots.