Through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Crittenton is working with young parents to conduct an assessment of the need for a national young parent advocacy network.

Supporting the needs of young parents provides us with an opportunity to invest in two generations simultaneously. If done effectively the returns will reverberate across future generations. Yet young parents face social, political and economic systems that do not effectively address or recognize their complex lives. Additionally, they face explicit and implicit biases related to race/ethnicity, gender, age, class, sexual orientation and gender identity, and immigration status. Varying levels of exposure to childhood abuse, neglect and family dysfunction also compound these challenges.

We will work with a group of current and former young parents as advisors and active team members to develop a research agenda to identify the specific needs and issues facing young parents.