Supporting Teen Fathers

Here you’ll find a useful resource for service providers who deliver, or are thinking about providing services for teen fathers.

Most of the time, mothers are the focus of initiatives for teen parents, and the fathers are overlooked. But these young fathers have a very important role to play in the upbringing of their tamariki. In fact research shows teenage mothers also parent better when they have strong social and emotional support from the father of their tamaiti.

This research was developed into a resource and shares the experiences of service providers, and teen fathers themselves, and provides findings for what works best when supporting them. It also gives valuable ideas about how to develop effective services that help young dads be responsible and nurturing parents.

Read the "Supporting Teen Fathers" resource on the Ministry of Social Development website

Published: April 2, 2019 · Updated: April 2, 2019