The mission of Fristers is to help teen parents build healthy and stable lives and families through educational classes and workshops, mentoring, case management, and the support of a caring community.
Pregnant and parenting teens are a vulnerable population:
Vulnerable to dropping out of high school, which limits their economic opportunities and ability to provide for their family.
Vulnerable to child abuse and neglect, because they are ill-quipped to parent and have little to no support around them.
Vulnerable to depression, leading to hopelessness, inability and risky behaviors.
Fristers, founded and operated on Christian principles, meets the immediate needs of teen parents and helps them build healthy and stable lives and families.
Fristers offers multiples solutions to the issue:
A community of support improves teen parents' mental health and well-being
Referrals and resources to complete high school
Introduction to college and vocational training
Life skills and workforce readiness guide young parents toward economic security
Healthy relationships and healthy parenting training create a thriving family environment.
Children receive direct services that promote healthy development and school readiness.
Some of our many accomplishments in 2018:
children prepared for kindergarten
meals served to moms, dads, couples and children
in-kind donations so we can do more with less
No other program in Orange County provides a full suite of services for teen moms, teen dads, and their children, both individually and collectively as a family.
Our vision is to continue to grow and expand our reach in Southern California, ensuring all teen parents and children have access to our programming and a better future.
Collaboration is essential to building a strong local community!
We invite you to join us to strengthen the lives of teenage parents and create a better Orange County!
Prior to joining Fristers, Orange County teen parents:
of teen parents live below poverty level
have no job
receive welfare assistance
have no high school diploma or GED
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Reducing teenage moms’ reliance on public programs in Orange County results in less drain on social and community services in Orange County and frees up funds for other critical issues and programs that our community faces.
With your help, Fristers can continue providing education, access to resources, role models, and support to teen parents and their children.
The result: Stronger Families. Stronger Communities.