Challengers Teen Parent Program (CTPP) provides single, teen mothers, who are ages 15-21 and living in foster care, an opportunity to learn and practice independent skills to prepare them for positive, self-sufficient lives. The mothers live in a gated apartment complex, with full-time supervision plus licensed therapists, counselors and social workers. CTPP works with the Maryland Department of Human Services to provide housing, food and some childcare services for the mothers while they attend high school or go to work.
The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle grant will help CTPP bridge the gap in critical childcare expenses the State doe not cover. Funding is also being used to establish a new parenting program, called the Circle of Security Parenting Curriculum, an eight-week program about making better parenting decisions and providing empathy and comfort to their children, skills participants may have not learned growing up in foster care.