Strengthening Young Families is dedicated to providing families with
the support, information and resources that can help them help their
children to thrive. Our primary focus is upon new parents, especially
those who may be unmarried, younger, financially struggling
and/or with literacy challenges.
We believe that every child, and every family, is precious.
Yet, for many young families, life can be stressful. Even parents who
hope and intend to raise their children together face huge challenges.
Children add stress to any relationship -- and couples who are
younger, unmarried, and/or struggle with finances face still more
challenges. Parents may find themselves struggling with the needs of
the child, decisions about their future as a couple, and practical needs
like money, jobs, and housing.
While social services do exist to help struggling families, our system
has not kept pace with the realities of high-need two-parent families.
Services such as emergency housing, job training, and cash
assistance may be offered to the mother and child only -- either
because the program really does serve only one-parent families, or
because the parents fear that their two-parent involvement will
disqualify them. Either way, the sad result can be to add to the
stresses which can push apart even a loving and dedicated young
Strengthening Young Families seeks to support parents,
especially in these high stress areas. Our publications
for parents focus on three important goals:
can help to support and nurture children and their families.
Many young parents are working hard to build a strong future for
their children and their families. We aim to support their efforts.