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 family.
Strengthening Young Families seeks to support parents,
especially in these high stress areas. Our publications
for parents focus on three important goals:
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.