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Adolescent Medicine

Young Families Program

The Young Families Program is a health-care service for adolescent mothers and their children. Our program acts as the medical home for both the mother and infant and will follow the family until the child/children reaches two to three years of age. The services provided include comprehensive health care, management of acute/chronic illness, nutrition or feeding concerns, parenting education and support, sexual health, psychosocial/mental health support, and co-ordination of care with community partners.  

Our team consists of paediatricians, a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, public health nurse, social workers and a psychiatrist.

Adolescents may be referred at any stage of pregnancy or after delivery by other health-care providers, community agencies or by the adolescents themselves. Referral guidelines include parenting women under 19 years of age who would benefit from support with parenting, complex medical needs, sexual health, and psychosocial concerns including mental health.

This program is affiliated with the Young Parents Program in the Gynecology Clinic, a prenatal program providing prenatal care to adolescents.  The Young Families Program and Young Parents Program work closely along the continuum from pregnancy to parenting. For more information, please call 416-813-7779.

The infographic below outlines the unique health-care needs of adolescent-led families. It is a tool is for clinicians interested in better understanding and empathizing with patients, as well as pregnant and parenting teens who may not feel comfortable communicating these needs. This resource was a joint effort between SickKids, Young Parents No Fixed Address (YPNFA), Toronto Public Health, and the University of Toronto. 

Prezi presentation: How to use this infographic

Click the photo below to view the two-page infographic and resource guide


Watch this video to learn more about how the project team developed this clinical tool: