ERIC Number: ED330967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Evolving State Policies on Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood: What More Can the Feds Do To Help?
Ooms, Theodora; Golonka, Susan
This report includes the meeting highlights from a policy seminar which looked at successful models of state action taken by Illinois, Maryland, and North Carolina to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancy. Shirley Randolph, Associate Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, described the Illinois initiative called Parents Too Soon, which serves as a coordinating agency for 125 community-based organizations. Bronwyn Mayden, Executive Director of the Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy in Maryland, provided the history and background of the council, which directs Maryland's joint executive/legislative initiative to establish a Maryland Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy. A successful public/private fundraising campaign to produce television "spot" commercials directed toward adolescents initiated by the council, the Campaign for Our Children, is described. Barbara Ziegler, Executive Director of the Mecklenburg Council on Adolescent Pregnancy and founding member of the North Carolina Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy describes the state's initiative which, unlike Illinois and Maryland, is largely centered in the private sector. Ongoing efforts discussed include training local representatives, publishing a quarterly newsletter, and producing brochures and other related materials. Each panelist responded to a question about the role of the federal government in the area of adolescent pregnancy. The report is followed by a background briefing report which covers the following topics: (1) goals of teenage pregnancy policy; (2) inventories of federal programs related to teenage pregnancy and early childbearing; (3) teenage pregnancy legislation in the 101st Congress; (4) trends in state policy; (5) three exemplary state initiatives; (6) what the federal government can do to help; and (7) a summary listing of federal programs. (LLL)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Early Parenthood, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Pregnancy, State Programs, Unwed Mothers
Family Impact Seminar, 1100 17th St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, DC. Research and Education Foundation.