Teen Dads

Dads of Otara

Since 2011 we have been developing and offering a programme for Teen Fathers. The programme is designed to address a range of needs commonly faced by the young fathers, such as how to manage the new role of being a father, how to be positively involved in their baby’s life and the financial, legal, employment and educational issues they are often faced with. Recently we also added driving licence training into the programme for the young men.

While running the programme we learnt that the young mothers also wanted to be involved. We therefore also incorporate sessions for the fathers and mothers to attend together as well as separately.

Both the young men and women have the option of have a mentor that they can link into for on-going support, guidance and friendship.

The opportunity to engage runs throughout the year, with mentoring available also. There is no charge for the programme. If the young men would like to take up the offer of the driver’s licence then 50% of the driving test is covered, provided that they pass the test.

If you are interested in learning more about the Teen Parenting programmes or Mentoring support please contact Alberta either by phone on 274 4340 or by e-mail: Alberta@otarahealth.org.nz