Presently, Twin Cedars Youth Services, Inc. is operating two Second Chance Homes. The Georgia Farm Bureau Second Chance Home is located in Troup County at the TCYFS Magnolia’s campus. In Muscogee County, the newly renovated Weracoba Second Chance is located on 20th street in the Lakebottom Park area . Our Second Chance Home program targets teen mothers ages 13-19 who are living in an environment that is deemed susceptible to abuse, neglect and violence. The program offers residents a safe, structured environment where they may, through achievement of individual goals, reduce current and future risk factors which may result in cyclical dependence and reduced quality of life for the teen parents and their children. At the same time we ensure a foundation of necessary education, life skills and self-worth. We believe that with a firm foundation and the proper tools teen parents may become self-sufficient contributing members of society and may serve as an asset to their community. The program model looks at four broad goals; increasing the level of education to a minimum of high school diploma or G.E.D., elimination of unplanned pregnancies, maximizing potential for adequate employment, and establishing primary life skills necessary to continue self-sufficiency and quality of life. While in our care, teen mothers will also be taught the importance of good nutrition, as well as, receive guidance regarding immunizations for their newborn babies. Upon entering the program, teen moms often require therapy to treat an array of problems such as neglect or abuse. Our Second Chance Program will provide outpatient therapy services to help teens cope with past problems so that they can begin to offer their children with a nurturing love they may have never experienced.
The philosophy behind the establishment of the Twin Cedars’ Second Chance Homes is the belief 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 the highest quality of life for both mother and child can be realized. Program staff is encouraged to create an "environment of responsibility rather than rules and regulations." Our mission, "to provide programs and services empowering children, youth and families to achieve optimum potential" continues through this service, a Second Chance Home for teen moms.
Since establishing Second Chance programs in 2001, statistics gathered by G-CAPP show that less than 1% of mothers participating in the program have another unplanned pregnancy, 100% of babies in the program are receiving immunizations, there is in increase in child support from birth fathers, and there is a decreased dependency on TANF, WIC, and food stamps. We are extremely pleased that 100% of our residents are working to or have received a high school diploma or G.E.D. While this accomplishment may seem minor to the average parent, we see this as major stepping stone for future achievement. It is even more remarkable given the fact that the Department of Human Resources estimates that 86% of children in foster care emerge from that system without a high school education. Only 74% of all 18-24 year olds in Muscogee County have a high school diploma. Additionally, every mother in our care works or volunteers for local ministries such as Habitat for Humanity. A benchmark of our programming is to teach the mothers that they must give back to their community.
Goals of Second Chance Homes
Results of our Network
Facts About Teenage Mothers