Teen Mom and Child Foster Care Program

Program Description:  The Teen Mother and Child Program is a foster care based, comprehensive treatment program that combines the normalization of family living with the benefits of coordinated therapeutic treatment services, specifically designed to help the adolescent how is pregnant or who is parenting a child.  The program recognizes the special needs of the adolescent who has emotional and behavioral problems and who is facing the challenges of parenting.  This specialized program is an adjunct to our Adolescent Treatment Program, following the same treatment principles as the ATP but serving a very distinct clientele: adolescent mothers and/or expecting adolescent mothers.  Foster parents are ready to nurture, provide guidance and limits, offer tenderness and care to meet the needs of each special, unique child and teen parent; while coaching, supporting and modeling parenting for the teen parent.  The teen mom's Treatment Team**, consisting of foster parents, Mental Health Professionals and the Case Manager, meet to attend to specialized treatment and care plans for each client.   The Treatment Team** model is the heartbeat of the program in the delivery of services to children and their families.  Quality foster care, meaningful therapeutic services, coordinated efforts, and partnerships with families produce positive outcomes for children.  Our program attends to the unique needs of clients with a multitude of issues. We are experienced in working with youths and their families with a myriad of mental health and chemical health challenges, family issues, and childhood trauma experiences.  We encourage and invite family involvement in the treatment experience!

Location: Our foster homes are located throughout the East Central Minnesota areas with services based out of Pine City.

Ages: 13 – 18 years old

Typical Frequency of Services: Services provided are based on Diagnostic Assessment recommendations

Program Components: 

  • Family home setting (foster care) and community living
  • Professional assessment and treatment services, provided by experienced mental health professionals and practitioners, such as:
    • Diagnostic Assessment
    • Risk Assessment
    • In-home family based services - when recommended  
    • Individual, group* and/or family psychotherapy
    • Individual, group* and/or family skills training
    • Family psychotherapy
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Trained Therapists
    • Family Systems Theoretical approaches to family therapy services 
  • Treatment Team Model**
  • Case management support services
  • Coordinated medical, psychiatric, and school support services
  • Healthy age-appropriate opportunities typical of adolescence
  • Therapeutic Milieu Experience***
  • 24 hour on-call Crisis response and support services
  • Therapeutic summer programming
  • Leisure and recreation opportunities
  • Employment support
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Permanency pact focused service
  • 24 hour on-call mental health emergency services

Services unique to Teen Mom and Child program:

  • Specialized services on parenting
  • Parenting Assessments available upon request - Purchase of Service contract
  • Access community based supports (ECFE, Pregnancy Crisis Center, AA)

Our foster parents, along with treatment staff, also work to provide an array of opportunities with independent living skills and parenting skills that range from money management to cooking, employment searching to learning about development in children.

Additional Information:

Like their peers in the ATP, our Teen Mom and Child Program clients live in community based, licensed foster homes. This program incorporates its multi-disciplinary Treatment Team approach to meet the unique needs of teen moms and their children and families whom are referred for treatment foster care. The Treatment Team is comprised of foster parents, case manager, psychotherapists, skills counselors, and youth care staff. These primary Treatment Team roles are crucial in the development of individualized treatment plans for each client and their family, while offered in a community based setting. Teen mom clients participate in therapeutic milieu at TSA and are assigned to individual, family and group therapists and/or skills workers as determined in the individual treatment plan and with the input of referring worker and family.

TSA has had extensive experience providing this service to teen mothers and their children and we are committed to provide exceptional services and care.  We are committed to helping families grow in their family development, identity and success. 

*Group Therapy/Skills Training - Youth will learn, practice and apply essential social, coping, and friendship skills that will be reinforced throughout their ATP experience at TSA, and are based on age/gender/cultural and specific youth need.  

Treatment Focus include, and are not limited to:  

  • Self Awareness                                                 
  • Self-Esteem
  • Reducing Stress
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Coping Skills
  • Relationship Development
  • Pro-social Behaviors
  • Healthy Emotional Regulation

**Treatment Team Model - Care and services are facilitated by each youth's Treatment Team which includes foster parents, mental health professionals, and practitioners providing individualized services and their TSA Case Manager.  The Treatment Team meets weekly to coordinate treatment progress.  Parents and referring workers, Guardian Ad Litems and other significant persons in the youth's life are included in the case planning, treatment focus, and progress review by participating in intakes, Treatment Plan development, progress review and discharge planning.  

***Therapeutic Milieu - The Milieu experience is a supervised and structures day activity that is designed to meet client need and provide opportunity to develop skills.  Some of the specific Milieu Experience opportunities include:

  • Arts and crafts projects, woodworking, gardening, photography, reading, puzzles, cooking (age appropriate), creating, imagining
  • Leisure time experiences including basketball, swimming, volleyball, games, hiking, and more
  • Journaling and other guided reflective experiences 
  • Meal preparation, shopping and budgeting, household chores, lawn care and gardening
  • Relationship building and friendship development with adults and peers 

For more information or to make a referral:

  • Contact Erin Shodahl, Case Manager at 320-629-7600 ext. 7812
  • Contact Kara Moen, Case Manager at 320-629-7600 ext. 7830
  • Contact Wendy Rude Pangerl, Licensing Social Worker at 320-629-7816
  • Visit our Referral page