GCAPP's Second Chance Homes program provides safe, family-like living situations for young mothers, age 13-21, and their children, as well as some pregnant teens. In partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Services, GCAPP operates a network of 7 Second Chance Homes.
The Second Chance Home model is designed to address the myriad of issues related to teen pregnancy and literally give teen mothers a second chance at success. The Second Chance Homes Network helps teen mothers become self sufficient by providing them a stable and living environment, educational support to complete high school, parenting skills, and life skills. The ultimate goal is the avoidance of a repeat teen pregnancy and put the young mothers on a firm path of long-term economic independence.
Since the first Second Chance Home opened in 2001, the program has served over 450 young mothers and their children. Currently GCAPP has a SCH in Clayton, Fulton, Muscogee, Troup, and Whitfield counties. Each home serves between four and eight mothers and their children. Please click here for a detailed program report.
Long-term outcomes for young parents include:
• Healthy families (including reduced subsequent pregnancies, abuse and neglect and involvement with law enforcement)
• Economic independence
• Long-term relationships with peers
Long-term outcomes for children include:
• Attached/bonded with mother in healthy family
• School Readiness
• Decreased illness with neglect abuse eliminated
• Negligence and abuse eliminated
In 2008, GCAPP was awarded funding from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families to to implement an Intensive Transitional Living Support program as part of the Second Chance Home Network. GCAPP is partnering with Family Support Council, Inc. and House of Dawn to serve 40 homeless pregnant and parenting young women ages 16-21 in need of housing and other transitional living support. Participants will live in scattered site apartments with a total of eight beds available at any given time for teen mothers and their children.
Participants of the Intensive Transitional Living Support program will receive comprehensive case management services, and parenting and life skills instruction.
The goals of the program are to:
SCH and ITLS SITE: OAK HAVEN
SCH SITE: WERACOBA