Young Family Independence Program(206) 296-5220
700 5th Avenue, Suite 3700
Seattle, WA - 98104
YFIP offers a long-term comprehensive and coordinated case management approach to services for low-income pregnant and parenting teens and their families. Services at six sites include health care, parenting education, life skills development, professional counseling, academic tutoring, school completion, occupational skills training, employment, and referral services for child care and other services. An important goal of the program is increasing the clients? self-respect and self-esteem. King County administers YFIP on behalf of multiple service providers. Each site has a case manager who visits homes, a public health nurse, a mental health therapist, and a nutritional aide. Local providers involve the community in the design of programs offered at each of the program locations. YFIP has created a holistic service model by networking with all the agencies needed to provide the resources and services for success. These agencies include the health department, school districts, community and technical colleges, Department of Social and Health Services, Youth and Family Network Services, and an array of churches, coalitions, and organizations that have mobilized to address the problems of teen pregnancy and parenting. The cornerstone of YFIP is to help teens develop individual education plans that will either place them back in high school or in a GED program, with follow-up vocational training and postsecondary educational programs. Case managers assist teens in obtaining grants and scholarships to fund tuition, books, and child care.