Many teen mothers quickly realize that small children are a big job. They need attention, time and countless resources. Still in the midst of their own childhoods, many of these young mothers have needs their families cannot fulfill. Fortunately, for teen moms living in Texas, several organizations are available to help provide resources during a time that can be overwhelming — financially, legally and emotionally.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Many teen mothers are rightfully concerned about the day-to-day needs of their little ones. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded program, under the Texas Department of State Health Services, which provides mothers and pregnant women in need with nutritional information and vouchers for food including baby formula, milk, bread, peanut butter, eggs, cereal, fruit and more. Applicants must meet certain financial guidelines to participate in the program.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas aids teen moms with healthcare alternatives and with contraceptive assistance. The organization supplies education regarding contraception, pregnancy options and childbirth. It provides low-cost or free physicals, counseling and follow-up services.
Jane's Due Process
Jane's Due Process is a non-profit organization that provides legal representation to pregnant teens and teen mothers. It is operated through donations and volunteer efforts of attorneys and other concerned individuals such as trained outreach workers and hotline operators.
The Children's Shelter
Many Texas cities have shelters specifically for children, including teen mothers. The Children's Shelter, which has various locations throughout Texas, provides lodging, meals and sometimes temporary care for small children until young mothers can gain employment and provide food, clothing and shelter for their children. It also includes programs that teach parenting skills, and financial and life planning. The Children's Shelter includes programs that have been life changing for many teen moms. For example, Project Mothers and Schools (MAS), in San Antonio, helps teen moms complete their high-school educations; and the Teen Mother's Program, through the Austin Children's Shelter, houses up to 22 moms and their babies for up to a full year.