Reflecting on a Decade of PAF Accomplishments

Published September 2020

Reflecting on a Decade of PAF Accomplishments

The Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) was created in 2010 to improve the health, educational, social, and economic outcomes of expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. Over the course of the grant, PAF has provided funds to grantees in 32 states and seven tribal organizations. The funded grantees have served nearly 110,000 expectant and parenting young people. PAF has improved the lives of these young people in a number of ways.

PAF Helped Young People Stay in School

PAF’s greatest impact has been its ability to support education. Pregnancy and parenting are leading causes of school dropout among teen girls in the United States. PAF grantees supported expectant and parenting teens by offering services such as flexible or alternative academic scheduling and child care.

PAF grantees, like the New Heights program, have supported high school students and assisted young people after high school. Nearly one in 10 PAF program participants received services from a higher education institution, typically a community college. The Minnesota Student Parent Support Initiative provided support to students attending local institutions of higher education.

PAF Built Parenting and Relationship Skills 

The most common service offered by the PAF program was providing parenting skills education to expectant and parenting youth. Over the last 10 years, 4,284 PAF program participants received parenting classes from community programs funded by PAF. These classes covered topics such as safe sleep, infant CPR, how to interact with your child, and young children’s developmental milestones. In the St. Louis metropolitan area, home visitors from Right from the Start offered parenting classes.  

Many PAF grantees also offered relationship education to help participants be better co-parents and/or strengthen partnerships. Marriage strengthening classes were offered in 13 percent of PAF programs and reached 2,611 participants. Relationship and marriage strengthening classes covered topics such as how to communicate with partners and ways to prevent or address intimate partner violence.

PAF grantees–like United Indian Health Services, Inc.–developed curricula that drew on the strengths and cultural traditions of the communities they served. You can read their story in the attached successful strategy, Teens Keet-kah ‘ne chyue (Strong Family).

One picture of smiling adults holding children, captioned Community Support for Young Parents Participants. Another picture of a smiling adult holding a child, captioned PTeens Keet-kah 'ne chyue Participants. A third picture of two adults pointing to papers posted on the wall, captioned Enlace Participants.

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