Teen Mothers (Second Chance)

Our Program

Program Purpose

IMG_3648Second Chance Homes provide safe, family-like living situations for young mothers age 12-21 and their children, as well as some pregnant teens. The Second Chance Home model is designed to address the array of issues related to teen pregnancy and provide teen mothers a second chance at success. Second Chance Homes help teen mothers become self-sufficient by providing them with a stable living environment, educational support to complete high school, parenting skills, and life skills, with a goal of helping the teen mother avoid a repeat teen pregnancy. An emphasis is placed on helping residents obtain the long-term economic stability needed to provide a stable environment for the family.

Treatment Philosophy

Our philosophy is that by providing a safe, stable, nurturing environment for teen mothers and their children, the negative effects of adolescent parenting can be ameliorated and the potential for a higher quality of life for both mother and child can be realized.

What We Do

Core Services:

  • 24-hour supervised housing
  • Educational advancement
  • Comprehensive case management
  • Parenting/child development
  • Independent life skills instruction
  • Mental health and access to counseling
  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to licensed daycare
  • Access to transportation

Enhanced Services

  • Waiting list outreach and support
  • Employment and career development
  • Volunteerism and summer internships
  • Interpersonal skills building
  • Health and reproductive education
  • Mentorship and motivation
  • Referral to community resources
  • Access to recreational and cultural activities
  • Follow-up services after discharge

Who We Serve

We serve teen mothers ages 12-21 and their babies, and pregnant teens from across the State of Georgia who are in need of a safe place to live.

Our Goals

  • To provide safe and stable supervised housing
  • To reduce repeat pregnancies
  • To increase high school or GED completion
  • To promote career development
  • To encourage self-sufficiency
  • To promote healthy child outcomes
  • To increase parent-child bonding and nurturing

Our History

A decade ago, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) was trying to help a handful of young, homeless mothers find a safe place to live along with their babies. Calls to shelters and crisis centers made it clear Georgia had a problem: only 10 beds were available in the entire state for mothers under age 18 and their children.

At the same time, welfare reform had created a new predicament. Under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), adolescent mothers no longer could receive public assistance if they didn’t live under adult supervision. Some 3,000 teen mothers and their children suddenly faced the prospect of losing a lifeline.

The crisis gave birth to an idea: G-CAPP would coordinate a network of Second Chance Homes (SCH) in Georgia through partnerships with organizations experienced in residential services to teens. The homes serve as parallel family environments for adolescent mothers who are motivated to learn parenting skills, stay in school, and create a nurturing environment for their babies. Relationships with caring professionals build trust and instill the confidence these young mothers need to nurture their own healthy families.

Ten years later, the Second Chance Homes Network is working. A rigorous evaluation system shows that mothers who become residents are more likely to have stronger ties to their parents and their baby’s father, less likely to have second children before they turn 20, more likely to continue in school, and less likely to cost taxpayers money.

Twin Cedars is proud to partner with G-CAPP in it’s operation of the Second Chance Home.

I want to thank the Georgia Department of Human Services for its investment and its confidence in G-CAPP’s stewardship of public funding for the network. Our partnering community-based organizations have also played a critical role as families and professionals caring for over 1,000 young mothers through Second Chance Homes. And, of course, success wouldn’t be possible without the determination of these young women, who have embraced the opportunity for themselves and their children to be strong young families contributing to their communities.

-Michelle Ozumba, Past President and CEO of Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (G-CAPP)

Accreditation

Second Chance Home, as a program of Twin Cedars, is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. SCH is a member of the GCAPP SCH Network.

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Accomplishments

Second Chance Home Key Outcomes

Evaluation findings have consistently shown that providing a safe and supportive living environment for young mothers and their children can help mothers stay free of repeat teen pregnancies, stay in school, rebuild relationships with their families and the fathers of the children, learn and practice parenting and life skills, and make better life choices.

  • Less than 1% repeat pregnancy
  • Child development learning centers in every home
  • Decreased dependency on TANF, WIC, and food stamps
  • 93% of mothers age 17 and under were enrolled in some type of educational endeavor
  • 94% of mothers age 18 and over were graduates or enrolled in some type of educational endeavor, including attending 2 or 4 year college
  • 97% of children had regular health care and were up to date on all immunizations

Two years after leaving a SCH:

  • 26% of all teens were receiving child support from the child’s father
  • 67% of mothers age 18 and over were employed
  • 73% of children were in custody of their mothers

Long-term outcomes for young parents include:

  • Healthy families (including reduced subsequent pregnancies, abuse and neglect and involvement with law enforcement)
  • Economic independence
  • Long-term relationships with peers

Long-term outcomes for children include:

  • Attached/bonded with mother in healthy family
  • School readiness
  • Decreased illness
  • Negligence and abuse eliminated

Key Highlights from 2013

Both of our Second Chance Homes, Magnolia and Weracoba, saw phenomenal accomplishments during 2013. View a list of key highlights for both homes.

Referrals

Referrals are accepted directly from teen mothers or from anyone who has contact with teen mothers in need of safe housing, including but not limited to families, clergy, Division of Family and Children Services, Department of Juvenile Justice, hospitals, schools, health departments, and other community agencies. To make a referral, please contact Sheila Scales using the contact information provided below.

Contact Info

Magnolia Second Chance Home

Physical/Mailing Address

99 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 1526
LaGrange, GA 30241

Phone

706-298-2148
For admissions, please call: 706-298-0050 ext. 1084

Fax

706-298-2155
For admissions, please fax: 706-298-0196

Primary Contact

Patricia Brooks, Home Manager: pbrooks@twincedars.org
Sheila Scales, Admissions: sscales@twincedars.org