Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding roles you will ever have; but it will also be one of the most challenging. If you are a young parent, you are certainly not alone: there are many parents just like you all around New Zealand and many people available to support you. We have created a collection of organisations and online resources to support you in your journey as a young parent:
Thrive - Teen Parent Support Trust
Thrive Teen Parent Support is a non-profit organisation supporting teen parents to become confident and secure with their tamariki, whanau and community. Links to useful resources include the Your Pregnancy booklet and the Young Dads brochure.
Futures: Helping Young Mums and Dads Make Positive Choices
This booklet has been created by St John of God Waipuna for young mums and dads in Christchurch, however there is a lot of information that is relevant to young parents regardless of location. The directory is broken into mum-specific information, dad-specific and neutral areas which are relevant to everyone. It covers areas from health to budgeting, legal advice to schools for young parents, contraception to where to give birth.
Teen Parent Units
There are a number of Teen Parent Units in New Zealand that teenagers attend to further their education if they cannot attend a mainstream school because of parental responsibilities. Teen Parent Units usually exist as part of a mainstream secondary school but are run independently of that school. Find a Teen Parent Unit near you.
Fathering the Future Trust
Aims to raise the profile of fathers in society. Their vision is to promote a culture where fathers have an active and child-centred parenting role.
Offers support and advice for teen parents