Teen Moms: FDC’s Teen Mom Program intervenes in the life of an adolescent when there is a crisis, namely an early and unplanned pregnancy. The staff of FDC provides case management services, tutoring, and life skills classes for these teen moms to help them cope with this life change and how it impacts their family. These young parents learn about child development, appropriate parenting skills, how to keep themselves and their babies healthy, family nutrition, exercise and diet, and gain ideas for family activities. Without these interventions, the impact of their unplanned pregnancy could lead to dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency, and a life of poverty.

The Father Initiative: FDC’s Fatherhood Initiative Program engages young fathers in the lives of their children. Meeting once a month, they gain
significant information on the importance of fatherhood and are encouraged to embrace their role as a father. They also gain practical knowledge about how to be a positive father figure, which requires them to focus on personal education development, financial responsibility and developing family relationships.

Child Development: An integral part of ensuring the teen parents participating in other programs at FDC are able to continue working on their educational pursuits is providing safe and reliable childcare for their infants and toddlers. A quality program of child care and development is the means for attracting adolescent parents who are at risk for dropping out of school and becoming isolated from family, friends and the community around them. The children of teen parents have unique needs that must be addressed in order to break the cycle of teen parenthood, juvenile delinquency and poverty. By giving these children a solid foundation at the outset, they can thrive.

Anger Management: FDC provides an Anger Management Program for first time juvenile offenders at the Pulaski County Juvenile Detention Center. The Program is designed to prepare incarcerated youth for a transition program when they are released from the detention center. One of the goals of the program is to reduce recidivism by teaching these at-risk youth how to recognize and redirect negative feelings that may cause them to lash out at those around them. This in turn, can strengthen ties within their families and within their communities. Without follow-up and opportunities to practice the skills they have learned in a safe environment, these youth are in danger of reverting to the behaviors that led to their incarceration.