A Good Idea
Teen Choices is a voluntary program aimed at reducing repeat teen births. It targets girls who are currently pregnant with or parenting their first child. Referrals come from a variety of sources. The younger teens are given the higher priority for inclusion. The program uses a multi-strategy approach, including a comprehensive assessment, goal-directed and client-determined support plan, and intensive care coordination and support using a home visiting model. The comprehensive assessment includes a health assessment, a socio-economic evaluation, and an evaluation of family interaction and support mechanisms. The goal-directed support plan addresses education, career planning, health care needs, daily living skills, parenting skills, and developing and maintaining a healthy caring relationship with a supportive adult. The frequency of contacts is based on the support required to move the teen toward making healthy life choices.
Goal / Mission
The goal of this program is to reduce the repeat birth rate for teen women in Collier County and to encourage positive choices for teen mothers to ensure a brighter future for them and their children.
Results / Accomplishments
Collier County Health Department started the program in 1998 and has continued to manage it. Over 150 girls have been case managed.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Janet Hamilton
3301 Tamiami Trail E. Building H
Naples FL, 34112
Health / Family Planning
Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
- Collier County Health Department
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Collier County, FL
- For more details
- Target Audience