Building Skills Early On

We connect pregnant and parenting teens in the foster care system to community-based supportive services that can meet their unique needs including home visiting and doula services.

Home Visiting programs providing specially-trained home visitors who work with parents to build their skills and promote their children’s healthy development – show evidence of reducing child abuse and neglect. 

Who We Serve

Youth in care who are parents or caregivers of children or are pregnant.

What We Provide

Referral connection to home visiting/doula for interested pregnant youth in care.

Where We Serve

IPPYC Beginnings

IPPYC began from our original federal early childhood-child welfare collaboration grant (Project Link). It was acknowledged as the start of DCFS’ intentional collaborative efforts to make the full range of early care and education programs more accessible to families connected to the child welfare system and highlighted in National Home Visiting Resource Center’s Innovation Roundup.

We worked with the State government and partner organizations to develop and implement the Illinois Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care (IPPYC) Home Visiting pilot. For over two years, the IPPYC pilot worked specifically with pregnant and parenting youth in care, providing home visiting in nine communities in Illinois.  

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