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Berrien County
Health Department


2149 E. Napier
Benton Harbor, MI 49022



Office Hours:
8:30am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri

Phone: (269) 926-7121
Email: bchd@bchdmi.org



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Michigan Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program (MI-APPP)

 

In the United States, 3 in 10 teens will become pregnant before the age of 20.

This is why the Berrien County Health Department is partnering with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to offer the Michigan Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program to provide parenting support services to teens and their families.

WHO is Eligible?

If you are, or know someone between the ages of 14 – 21 who is pregnant and/or a parenting mom or dad, services are available to support you in being successful, healthy and thriving.

WHAT is Available?

One-on-one case management and group support services will help you have the basic needs for today, the ability to meet the demands of tomorrow and the support to reach your goals for the future. Counseling services focus on:

 

Family Stability

Eight out of 10 teen dads do not marry the mother of their child. Meeting the basic needs of every mom, dad and child is important in ensuring a healthy family situation.

We will work together to:

  • Assist you with finding safe and affordable housing
  • Help you find quality child care so you can finish your schooling
  • Develop and provide effective parenting skills
  • Assist you with transportation needs
  • Provide treatment options for alcohol and drug abuse

 

Continuing Education

Parenthood is the leading reason teens drop out of school and depend on welfare. Finishing high school is important and achieving your educational goals is possible. Ensuring each student has a foundation for success, MI-APPP provides individualized support and guidance in reaching personal educational goals:

  • Connect with alternative education methods such as instruction at home
  • Connecting with tutoring services
  • Financial literacy classes and workshops
  • Job and vocational training opportunities
  • College preparation programs and services

 

Establish Meaningful Relationships With the Help of Adult Advisors

Pregnancy puts strains on relationships important to teenage mom, dad and child. Connecting with others to improve key relationships and empower young parents is invaluable.

  • Connect with counseling, therapy or other support services
  • Connect teens with adults in the community
  • Learn how to develop and grow positive adult relationships
  • Learn to approach and discuss the tough topics with parents and guardians
  • Receive one-on-one mentoring services

 

Parent and Child Health Wellness

Providing a foundation for your healthy child is critical. We will work with you on the basics for a vibrant and healthy environment for mom, dad and child:

  • Connect to affordable health care services
  • Learn about health literacy
  • Assist with finding pre-natal and post-natal services
  • Learn about labor and delivery services
  • Learn about newborn care and breast feeding
  • Assist with family planning services

 

Available Mentorships

Pregnant and parenting teens need support, acceptance and guidance to become the caring parent they want to be. If you are a community member interested in making a difference in Berrien County, we want to hear from you. Opportunities exist for mentoring, supporting, and making a difference in the youth of our future. Contact us today at parenting@bchdmi.org.

 Family matters -- today, tomorrow and in the future generations to come.
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HOW can I get involved?

Contact any one of us for a confidential conversation:

 

MI-APPP Staff

Kyna King
Program Specialist
269.363.1422 (text available)
kking@bchdmi.org
Charlie Patterson
Case Manager
269.252.1400 (text available)
cpatterson@bchdmi.org
Michelle Robinson
Case Manager
269.332.6387 (text available)
mrobinson@bchdmi.org

 

Emily Klutts
Program Assistant
269.927.5622
eklutts@bchdmi.org

 

Susan Holcomb
Program Manager
269.235.0673
sholcomb@bchdmi.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Resources:

Infant Safe Sleep

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Berrien County ParentNet

Immunizations

Substance Abuse Prevention

WIC – Women and Infant Children



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