Becoming a parent is life-changing for anyone, especially if you’re a teenager or a young adult.

NATEEN at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a program designed to help expectant and parenting teens and young adults reach their goals and thrive throughout their journey.

Our team of specially-trained youth advocates will work with you to identify your and your baby’s needs, and connect you with resources in an affirming, welcoming and non-judgmental space.

Services are offered to youth up to the age of 21 and are free and confidential.

Services Provided

Through NATEEN, expectant and parenting teens receive supportive services, including:

  • Case management and counseling
  • Health education, including birth control
  • School enrollment and obtaining your diploma
  • Breastfeeding
  • Diapers and other essential items
  • Job training and professional development
  • Transportation
  • Childcare referrals
  • Housing

Collaborative Services

NATEEN collaborates with community partners to link youth with services such as:

  • Prenatal care
  • Health care for the teen and her child
  • Housing assistance
  • Public benefits
  • School and academic counseling
  • Vocational training

NATEEN has an on-site independent study program supported by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Teen Parent Academy

The Harold Edelstein Foundation supports NATEEN’s Teen Parent Academy, a program that prepares teen parents for employment and supports future planning and independence.

In the News

For LA grad, diploma required balancing parenting, schoolwork (89.3 KPCC)

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