FAQs

Guides for Teen Parents

Teens who have children are often thrust into a new world which they are unprepared for. Adult first-time parents are often overwhelmed by the new responsibility of taking care for a human being, and they are more mature, both emotionally and financially, than teens. As overwhelming as it is for teen parents, there are resources available to you. Remember, while you are taking on a whole new level of responsibility, you do not have to undertake this ordeal alone. There are several organizations that will provide necessary products and guidance at low cost, or even for free.


Women, Infants, Children (WIC)

WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/ .


Knox County Health Department Car Seat Program

If you need a car seat for your baby, the Knox County Health Department may be able to provide you with a free car seat. KCHD will even show you how to properly use it and install it in your car. Call (865) 215-5170 to see if you are eligible. You can visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS for more information about child passenger safety.


Knox County Health Department Start Smart Program

This free program will give you the right tools to increase your baby’s brain power. You’ll even learn great tips for calming your baby and increasing your child’s vocabulary. Everyone who attends this one-hour presentation will receive a free gift. For class dates and times and to reserve your spot, call the Knox County Health Department at (865) 215-5170.


Birth to Kindergarten

Knox County Schools offers Birth to Kindergarten, a free home-based parent education and family support program that provides information, activities and encouragement to families until their child enters Kindergarten. Call (865) 594-1159 for more information.


Knox County Health Department Start Smart Program

This free program will give you the right tools to increase your baby’s brain power. You’ll even learn great tips for calming your baby and increasing your child’s vocabulary. Everyone who attends this one-hour presentation will receive a free gift. For class dates and times and to reserve your spot, call the Knox County Health Department at (865) 215-5170.


Healthy Families East Tennessee

A service of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc., HFET serves first-time parents in Knox, Blount, Sevier, Loudon and Jefferson Counties. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call a Family Assessment worker at (865) 523-8695 or visit www.hfet.org .


TENNderCARE

TENNderCARE is a full program of check-ups and health care services for children who have TennCare. These services make sure babies, children, teens and young adults receive the health care they need. Good health begins at birth, so it’s important to check in, check up and check back. For more information visit http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/tenndercare/index.shtml or call (865) 215-5173. The Tennessee Department of Human Services and United States Federal Government also have a wealth of good resources for teen parents.

 

Contact:

Of course, if you have any questions, concerns or would like more information, you can call KAPPI at (865) 215-5170.


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