Teen Parenting Service Network
The Teen Parenting Service Network works exclusively with pregnant and parenting youth in DCFS care. All pregnant and parenting wards in Cook and Collar counties are brought under the Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) umbrella of services, and as such, are served by either a Regional Service Partner or an Affiliated Service Provider as well as Clinical Consulting and System Support Services. The same holds true for any children of our teens who become wards. In managing statewide services for pregnant and parenting teens under a single umbrella, UCAN is able to provide seamless service and a full continuum of care.
If you are a TPSN provider seeking TPSN forms, please click here.
In overseeing this program, UCAN's chief functions are to:
- Provide individual case consultation for service providers regarding policy and procedure, resources and client issues of placement, education, clinical needs, etc.
- Collect, maintain and manage data on all pregnant and/or parenting wards and their children located in our service area through UCAN's Child and Family ProFile database
- Develop, prepare and distribute reports that summarize significant information on TPSN clients
- Monitor agency performance and provide direction for continuous quality improvement
- Guide system and resource enhancements to better the service continuum for our clients
- Design, administer and track training programs for pregnant and parenting teen service providers
Additionally, UCAN oversees a full scope of Clinical Intervention Services (CIS) designed to increase our clients' levels of functioning by assisting them with coping with the effects of trauma. UCAN starts by meeting each client where she/he is, identifying strengths and building from success. The CIS staff is trained to identify and treat the serious effects of trauma while enhancing the parenting capacity of youth in their provision of the following services:
- Alternative Therapy
- Clinical Therapy
- Educational Mentoring & Support
- Family Support
- Location Monitoring
- Therapeutic Monitoring
- Parenting and Recreational Groups
- Real Talk Self-esteem Workshops (see more below)
Please contact the following individual department heads for additional information:
- Clinical Consulting: Heather Fraser (773) 290-5089
- Clinical Therapy: Catherine Chinnock (773) 290-5802
- Educational Support: Jennifer Conway (773) 290-5888
- Family Support (Parenting): Aisha Bell (773) 290-5806
- Intake: (773) 290-5850
- Location Unit (Runaways): Karen Smith (773) 290-5850
- Pregnant and Parenting Specialty Programming: Donna Kane (773) 290-5845 or Patricia Guice (773) 290-5085
- Quality Improvement: Andrea Chua (773) 588-5627
- Resources: Lilian Caraballo (773) 290-5876
For a downloadable brochure about TPSN, please click here.
The Real Literacy Program is a component of TPSN launched in October of 2009 as a 10-week program with a focus on enhancing the client's literacy skills through reading, writing, and critical thinking. The goal of Real Literacy is to increase the client's interest in reading and increase awareness of the benefits of reading to their children. The program will provide assistance to teen parents who are not currently enrolled in school or had not yet graduated high school with the hopes of getting them back into an academic mindset. Additionally, it will teach pregnant and parenting teens the importance of reading to their children and provides instruction on how to read to their children. All UCAN staff members are trained to take into consideration a client's developmental level, trauma history and attachment history when providing consultation or case guidance. Researchers have found that infants need to interact directly with other human beings, to hear people talking about what they are seeing and experiencing, and to be read to in order for them to develop the best possible language skills. Additionally, when mothers frequently speak to their infants, their children learned almost 300 more words by age two than did their peers who rarely spoke to them. 1
To read Fostering Hope: Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Youth in Foster Care, please click here. Written by UCAN in collaboration with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. This report combines existing research with new qualitative research on foster care youth, foster parents, and child welfare providers as well as advice from child welfare and teen pregnancy prevention professionals in Chicago and the District of Columbia. As such, it provides an unusually complete picture of teen pregnancy in the world of foster care youth.
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Click here to read an inspiring story of a TPSN teen that recently won the Latino Youth of the Year Award.
1 Hart & Risley 1995, Meaningful differences in the everyday experience of young American children