Links for Teen Parents: Education, Advice and Support for Young Famillies and Parents-to-be

Pregnant and overwhelmed? Online resources can help.

June 23, 2009— -- The rate of teen pregnancy in the United States is back on the rise. Between 1991 and 2005, teen pregnancy in the United States declined a precipitous 34 percent, but in only two years between 2005 and 2007, it increased a whopping 5 percent.

ABC News is exploring the stories behind the statistics in "Primetime: Family Secrets."

For teenagers facing impending parenthood, the Internet provides a wealth of resources.

Teen Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has comprehensive statistics about teen pregnancy, sexuality, birth control and much more.

For teens in need of advice and tips on abstinence, safe sex and healthy relationships, check out Stay Teen.

For information about abstinence, visit Everybody's Not Doing It and the Abstinence Clearinghouse.

Westport TAPP: The Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) is designed to prevent school dropout due to teen pregnancy and parenting. The program is offered to middle and high school pregnant and parenting students residing in the Louisville/Jefferson County area.

Parenting Resources:

The National Crittenton Foundation provides tutoring, counseling and other critical support support systems for young moms. Phone: 1-866-449-2217

The mission of The National Fatherhood Intitiative is to improve the well-being of children by increasing and encouraging involved, responsible and committed fatherhood. Young dads can visit their Web site for tips, how-tos and advice on being a dad.

Parents as Teachers is a free, nationwide parent education and family support progam specifically geared towards the early developmental years. Phone: 1-866-728-4968

At MVParents, you can sign up for free parenting newsletters, read articles and advice about a wide variety of parenting issues.

Health Care Information:

The Health Teen Network advocates for public and health policy in support of young families, and also provides a wealth of online resources including information about health care coverage and nutrition during pregnancy.

The National Institutes of Health have a wealth of information about pregnancy, pre-natal care and breastfeeding.

For information on healthy living before, during and after pregnancy, visit TeensHealth.

To find out about health care access for you and your child in your home state, visit Kaiser State Health Facts.

Toll-Free Hotlines:

Planned Parenthood: 1-800-230-PLAN

American Social Health Association: 1-800-227-8922

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 866-331-9474

The National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-621-4000

Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999