Missouri Mentoring Partnership
The Teen Parent Mentoring Program serves pregnant or parenting young women who are not yet 21 years of age in Butler and Ripley Counties. The program currently serves 40 young women. The goals of the program are to pair a teen mother with mature adult female mothers to reduce the potential for child abuse and neglect, to increase immunizations among infants and toddlers and to reduce unwanted, repeat pregnancies. Program participants are required to participate in monthly support meetings and parenting skills workshops throughout the month. Young mothers may purchase items from the Baby Store with "baby bucks" earned through participation in the program. The Teen Parent Mentoring Program offers support for the pregnant and parenting teens as well as educational resources, and friendships with other teen mothers. For more information regarding the Teen parent Mentoring Program, contact Dalene Chilton, Program Director at 573-776-7830.