Project Hope

Project Hope is a comprehensive program for pregnant and parenting teens (age 12-19) that addresses the many needs of pregnant/parenting teens in the community.  In addition, through the CPS Prevention Initiative, we are able assist young mothers age 20-25 with many of the same services.

Marillac’s Project Hope programs include.

  • Prenatal and parenting groups that focus on the relationship between mother and baby
  • Regular Home visits before and after the birth of the child
  • Doula birthing services that support for teenage mothers during labor and delivery
  • Referrals to schools, housing, health agencies, job training and recreational activities
  • Developmental assessments and infant mental health services for newborns

Teen Parent and Early Childhood Development Services

Project Hope empowers teens to work towards self sufficiency, care for their child and move towards a positive future for their family.

Description:

  • Project Hope has been serving pregnant and parenting teens on the west side for 30 years. The program operates year round offering home visits, prenatal groups, parenting groups, field trips, educational experiences, referrals and family group activities. The program works with pregnant and parenting teens, their children and extended families.
  • Referrals are accepted from community agencies, hospitals, clinics, schools, word of mouth and the community.

Eligibility:

  • Resident of the West Side of Chicago
  • Target Population: Pregnant and Parenting Teens 13-21 years old, 13-19 at intake
  • Priority is given to first time pregnant teen
  • Capacity-60 teens and their families

Program Services:

  • Initial Engagement/screening/assessments
  • One on one regular home visits using the PAT (Parents as Teachers) curriculum
  • Doula Services (Birth Assistant) which include: home visits, prenatal groups, referrals, doctor visits, education, and participation in the birth of the child
  • Screenings, goal setting for parent and child
  • Prenatal and Parenting groups
  • Prenatal Group Tuesdays 2:30-5:30PM
  • Parent Groups Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-5:30PM
  • Infant Mental Health-relationship focused to strengthen families
  • Family Activities, field trips, (educational, recreational, and cultural), parent/child interaction activities
  • Heart to Heart Group sessions-Improves the pregnant and parenting teen’s ability to protect children from child abuse
  • Referrals to health care, school, employment, housing, etc…

Assessments & Curriculum

  • Parents as Teacher Curriculum-Research based offers parents practical ways to encourage learning, manage challenging behavior and promote strong parent child interaction
  • Parent/Child Questionnaire
  • PCOG –Parent Child Observation Guide- Families participate in two videos per year demonstrating parent child daily activities
  • Community Based FANA- Family Administered Neonatal Assessment-pre and postpartum bonding experiences
  • Pre-post partum Depression Screening
  • ASQ - Ages and Stages Questionnaire - Children 0-5 years old
If you have any additional questions or would like to request further information, please contact Gwen Horton, Director of Project Hope at 773-584-3211.
 

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