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Helping Teenagers with Parenting

Idaho Resources


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Idaho Child Protective Services

During business hours, you can call the Idaho CareLine at 1-800-926-2588 (TDD 208-332-7205), or there are local numbers listed that you can reach any time of day or night if you are in trouble or are scared for the safety of your child or yourself.

Health Care

Can’t afford to go the doctor because you don’t have health insurance? You just might qualify for health insurance at no cost to you. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides insurance to you based on your income. It allows you to get the health insurance coverage your children need and deserve.


Your baby needs to have its shots! Check out this great resource for all the information on what shots your baby needs and when to get them!

Early Childhood Information Clearinghouse 

This site provides information about young children, birth to age three, including links to Idaho programs and worldwide information, current practice and research, and child development information

Establishing Paternity 

Kids Need their Dads! If a baby is born to parents who are not married to each other, legal fatherhood is NOT automatically established. You will need to take steps to establish paternity.

Idaho Governor’s Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention 

Has links and contact information to all of the health district regions in Idaho. Statistics on teen pregnancy in Idaho; information for teens and parents; and book and video referrals which discuss issues related to communication, choices, and what it means to deal with teenagers.

The Idaho Child Care Program provides subsidies to assist families in meeting child care costs so you can go to school or work.

The Department of Health and Welfare has an application for Child Support online that explains the ins and outs of Child Support and how they can help you! Great guide for reference!

Direct Deposit of Child Support Payments

The Department of Health and Welfare’s Child Support Services, which disperses child support payments, is changing the way child support payments are sent to families. Payments to custodial parents can be done electronically, either directly into your bank account or to a special account that can be accessed through your Quest debit card. You can even download the direct deposit form. Application for Child Support Services is also available online in English and Espanol.

Other Resources for Teens

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has great information (in English and Spanish) for teens, parents and teachers on reducing teen pregnancy. There also are extensive resources for communities and individuals addressing teen pregnancy.

Pregnancy Centers Online If you are pregnant or think you might be and need immediate help, this site has a listing of pregnancy centers by state. Typically, pregnancy centers provide the following free services: pregnancy tests, confidential counseling, medical referrals, abortion and adoption information, information about medical insurance or government assistance, temporary shelter, baby development and much more.

The Teen Pregnancy/Maternal and Neonatal Health Web site has great information about Pregnancy Testing, Staying Healthy while pregnant, Pregnancy and Drug Abuse, Maternal Health Neonatal Health and Illnesses, Postnatal Care, and Resources Your Guide for Neonatal Care.

Feeding Your Baby (.pdf file)

Babies grow quickly in the first year of life, and their nutritional needs change quickly as well! Find out when you should start adding cereals and solids to your baby’s diet, as well as other great tips on nutrition and infant feeding guidelines.

Campaign for Our Children

For teens: Includes information on how to talk to your parents. Uncover the myths about sex and contraception and discover the real facts. There also is an online quiz to test your Sex Quotient. Have you got a question about sex? Ask the SEXPERT!

The Network for Family Life Education is a Web site created by teens for teens and answers sensitive questions in a straightforward manner.

Prenatal Care 

Prenatal Care is important for you and your baby! By taking certain vitamins like folate both before and in the first weeks of pregnancy you can help reduce the risk of certain serious and common birth defects.

GYN 101 

Have you ever wondered what really happens when you go for a gynecological exam? Find out here before you go to the doctor.

Teenage Dads

Information for single and custodial fathers.

Boot Camp for New Dads

Provides information for new fathers and fathers to be on a wide variety of topics.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States 

A great site for teens, parents and teachers looking for solid and reliable information about sexuality. There is a Teens section about how to Talk About Sex…and to help yourself feel good, stay healthy, and not get hurt by disease, unwanted pregnancy or those painful and awkward times that can happen when it comes to sex.

Profile of Teen Mom’s Two teenage mom’s stories.

A Closer Look at Teen Pregnancy is a documentary from 1995 that gives you an up-close look at the lives of teen parents.

The popular Channel One series investigates Teen Pregnancy. Missed the show when it aired? Watch it on the Web, and see how pregnancy has affected other teens.

In the Mix, a show for teens, has a great episode about sex and teens: Sex: Everyone’s Doin’ It…Not! Check with your local PBS station to see when IN THE MIX airs!

It’s Your Sex Life – A Guide to Safe and Responsible Sex 

Provides reliable, objective sexual health information for young adults. Here you’ll find plenty of information on how to protect yourself from getting pregnant, what to do if you think you’re pregnant, what to do if you’ve had unprotected sex in the last 72 hours, and where to go for help, sexually transmitted diseases, and how to communicate with your partner and your parents about sex. A useful site for parents and teachers who may wish to address these issues with their teens.

Planned Parenthood for Teens

Ask the experts your questions and search the archives for articles about the issues that affect you! Check your SEX-IQ. Great Web site for finding information on issues related to your body and sexuality.

Have questions? Want to talk about sex, health or relationships? What do other teens really think? Is it true that everyone is having sex (not!) Find out at what’s up with the American Social Health  Web site, a great site which gives you basic information, answers your questions, and has some fun interactive ways to learn about those dreaded STDs.

March of Dimes 

Find out how a teen mother’s health affects her baby. What are the health risks to babies of teen moms? Includes facts and statistics about teen pregnancy.

Child Custody What does child custody mean? How do you determine visitation rights? Are there different types of custody arrangements? Find out at

Parent and Teacher Resources

Campaign for Our Children 

How to talk with your kids and school officials about sex, facts and statistics about teen sexuality and guidelines on how to identify behaviors that put your teen at risk. For teachers, there are lesson plan ideas, background information on reducing teen pregnancy, and facts and statistics about teen pregnancy.

Office of Population Affairs 

Publications (in English and Spanish) available regarding abstinence, birth control and sexually transmitted disease.

Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention 

This is a great resource for teachers about effective practices and current research about adolescent pregnancy prevention. Includes theories and approaches to prevention and monthly articles on related topics. Don’t miss this one!

Advocates for Youth

A series of one-page fact sheets covering essential statistics, emerging trends, and resources about teen pregnancy and also has information about helping young people make safe and responsible decisions about sex!

Baby Think it Over 

Baby Think it Over program is a doll that simulates the parenting of an infant for teenagers. The program is very expensive but has received a lot of positive press and feedback from school districts.

Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families

Take a comprehensive look at Welfare Reform and what it means to states and individual families.

The American Medical Association

Has reliable statistics on teen pregnancy and prevention.

Planned Parenthood

Has great information about pregnancy, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and answers questions relating to pregnancy.

Child Trends

A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analysis. Read about the wellbeing of children, youth and families and trends in “Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teens.”

Parenting Lesson Plan 

A lesson plan that explores responsibilities involved in caring for babies.

The Child Welfare League of America 

Has great tips on how to help kids, and provides information on a state-by-state basis. Find out how Idaho stacks up.

Journeyworks Publishing 

Has health promotion pamphlets and brochures you can view and order online to educate and inform teens and families on a number of health-related issues.