The Office of Adolescent Health’s Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Program is a $25 million per year competitive grant program that aims to improve the health, educational, social, and economic outcomes of expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. Since 2010, OAH has provided funding to 32 states, including the District of Columbia, and 5 tribal organizations. Currently, 22 states and one tribal organization are funded through the PAF Program.
PAF Program grantees use funds to:
- Establish, maintain, or operate expectant and parenting student services in high schools, community service centers, and/or Institutions of Higher Education
- Improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence
- Increase public awareness and education concerning the services available to expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families
As a result of the PAF Program, more than 76,000 expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families have received a wide range of support services related to personal health, child health, parenting, education, and employment, as well as concrete supports like diapers and baby equipment. Data collected through the PAF Performance Measures, shows that participants of the PAF Program have experienced many positive outcomes including improvements in high school graduation, acceptance into Institutions of Higher Education, reductions in dropping out of high school, and reductions in subsequent unintended pregnancies.
PAF Project Description
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will work in the state’s two major metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, to serve expectant and parenting teens. OSDH will partner with the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) to reach expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families who are currently or have recently been incarcerated. OJA will use a program such as The Nurturing Parents Program in the facilities and communities served, and will contract with community-based service providers for programming and intensive case management to meet the participants’ needs.
OSDH will also partner with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) and the Tulsa Health Department (THD) to implement the Love Notes teen pregnancy prevention curriculum, which emphasizes healthy relationship development and includes parenting skills. Finally, OCCHD will provide social service support to participants and their families to improve their educational, health, and social outcomes, and THD will increase public awareness of the services available to expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families in the community.
PAF Settings: High Schools, Community Service Centers, Institutions of Higher Education, Juvenile Justice