Young Parents No Fixed Address
Young Parents No Fixed Address was convened in 1997 to examine the increasing numbers of pregnant young women being seen by the agencies dealing with homeless youth in Toronto.
Young Parents No Fixed Address (YPNFA) is a network of agencies and organizations dedicated to building strong community partnerships to address the issues for young street involved / homeless pregnant and parenting youth and their children.
The inquest into the starvation death of a 5 week old baby born to a young homeless mother in 1997 made a number of recommendations which YPNFA has been working to see implemented.
The group has developed several innovative and responsive solutions to the issues faced by this population.
We continue to explore ways we can enhance the well being of these young families through collaboration and cooperation. In addition to the projects highlighted here, YPNFA is also working on responses to the mental health and sexual health needs of young parents as well as the trauma, grief and loss they often face.
Members of the YPNFA network are grateful for the ongoing financial support of the City of Toronto's - Homelessness Partnership Strategies.
Young Parents No Fixed Address is a network of Toronto organizations dedicated to building strong community partnerships to address the challenges faced by young, street involved / homeless pregnant and parenting youth and their children.
What We Do...
Housing and Shelter
Without a safe and affordable place to live parenting is an almost insurmountable task. YPNFA believes that every family has the right to appropriate housing for themselves and their children. A variety of housing solutions are necessary to meet the complex and changing needs of these young families.
YPNFA members have developed partnerships to ensure access to a range of housing options from shelters to transitional or permanent housing.
Through the supportive efforts of the YPNFA network Humewood House Association (416-651-5657) in partnership with Toronto Community Housing Corporation has developed 1900 Sheppard Ave W. A transitional housing facility for 27 young moms and their children.
Young people who are homeless or street involved and facing pregnancy and parenting are often dealing with many complex issues.
The Wraparound process helps youth and families in crisis to identify and utilize a highly individualized network of support (families, friends, community and professionals). In partnership with YPNFA, Oolagen Community Services (416-395-0660) has received funding to provide Wraparound Services to homeless young mothers. This model addresses the complex needs of these young families including their needs for housing and safety.
One of the first issues addressed by YPNFA was the difficulty for young parents with few supports to get a break from parenting. If there is a need for hospitalization, to find a new place to live or to cope with the day to day stress of parenting, there is often no safe person for these young moms to entrust their child to.
YPNFA and Jessie’s -the June Callwood Centre for Young Women created a program that provides overnight respite care for up to 5 nights to young parents under 25 years of age. Screened volunteers are provided with the appropriate equipment and an honorarium to take children into their home and provide parents with a much needed break. Funded initially as a pilot program, the parent relief program is now receiving core funding from the United Way and is administered by Jessie’s -the June Callwood Centre for Young Women (416-365-1888). Recently, Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke has introduced a Respite Care service.
My Baby & Me Passport Program
YPNFA & St. Michael’s Hospital have developed a passport program to provide young mothers with tools to manage their own health both during and after pregnancy. The passport is a portable health record and information booklet for young pregnant homeless or marginally housed women.
The passport and incentive program (TTC fare, gift cards) were developed to improve maternal and child health outcomes by motivating participants to attend regular prenatal appointments and improve communication and coordination of patient care among health care providers. 94% of women in this award winning program delivered healthy and full term babies.
Please see the Research Link to find out about the many research initiatives our network has supported.