Young Parent Support

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Journey Program at MCH

Supporting young parents on their path to self-worth and positive parenting

What is Journey Program?

Journey Program at Maine Children’s Home (MCH) provides young parents with a stable and productive community environment that empowers them with the knowledge, tools, and skills they need to be academically, financially, and emotionally successful individuals and parents.

Founded in 1974, the program’s focus is to build upon the strengths of parents, offering classes in prenatal education, parenting instruction, independent living skills, mental health access and supports, and other practical knowledge. Staff managing this program provide individualized guidance for each parent as they learn new skills. Staff also organize opportunities for the parents, their children, and members of their support system to bond as a group and grow together. 

Who Can Participate in Journey Program?

Historically, Journey Program (formally Teen Parent Education Program) provided services to only teenagers who were pregnant or parenting. In 2022, MCH expanded Journey Program to serve adults up to age 25 who are pregnant or parenting and could benefit from the program. This expansion gives the program the ability to continue support and involvement with parents beyond their teen years. MCH and Journey Program staff are excited about this expansion and look forward to working with participants on their parenting and adulting “Journey”. 

We're Experts in the Young-Parent Journey

The staff of Journey Program have extensive experience working with young parents, as well as teaching skills and information that are important for any parent to be aware of. A registered nurse teaches the prenatal classes at Journey Program, and Program Director Alaina Wolman is a former young parent herself and has been involved in the program for 20 years.

What Journey Program Offers

Nearly all of the following supports and training provided by Journey Program are available in person or virtually.

  • EDUCATION: Guidance and support for participants interested in completing high school or college. Journey Program can offer support and encouragement for those already enrolled in an educational program, or it can offer guidance with choosing a program that fits each individual’s needs.
     
  • PRENATAL: Classes and supports utilizing SOR (Starting Out Right) curriculum and post-partum supports and referrals for young parents who are pregnant or recently gave birth.
     
  • PARENTING: Classes and guidance utilizing Parents as Teachers curriculum for young parents that are navigating the joys and challenges of raising children.
     
  • CHILDCARE: On-campus childcare for participants interested in enrolling their child(ren). This is free of cost while the participant is applying for CCSP (Child Care Subsidy Program).
     
  • ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT: Meet with the program director to help with referrals to community resources, navigating resource paperwork, career exploration and goal setting.
     
  • STEP-UP MEETINGS: An opportunity for participants to meet with their support team and the program director. The purpose of these meetings is to work through challenges that may arise, so they don’t become disruptive to everyday life.   
     
  • COUNSELING: On-campus counseling for any participant interested in this service.
     
  • GROUP SUPPORT: An opportunity for participants to come together as a group and work on challenges with others going through similar situations and to participate in formal groups such as Making Sense of your Worth (MSOYW).
     
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: For program participants that are interested in continuing their education.
     
  • JOURNEY DAYS: A time for all participants, their partners, and children to come together for a Journey Program play date, guest speaker or special activity.
     
  • ASSISTANCE: Help with accessing diapers, wipes, and other essentials.

What Journey Program May Not Offer

Although the program does not provide meals or transportation, water and snacks are always available as are options for assistance with transportation.

Contact Us

Anyone who is interested in enrolling or obtaining more information about the Journey Program at MCH should call (207) 873-4253 to reach Program Director Alaina Wolman, or email awolman@mainechildrenshome.org

A visit, enrollment, and initial assessment of whether the program will meet participant needs will be scheduled.  There is no cost to attend.

Are you an alumnus of Journey Program (or Teen Parent Education Program)? Keep in Touch!

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The Legacy of the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School

The Legacy Name of this program, Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School, honors Sharon Abrams who was the first Teen Parent School Program teacher (1974-1982), becoming Program Director (1982-1990), then Assistant Executive Director (1990-1992), before becoming Executive Director (1992-2015).  Sharon was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004 in recognition of her leadership and community engagement at the helm of MCH.