Teen Age Parent Support Services (TAPSS)
TAPSS partners with teens as they discover the possibilities for their futures as individuals, and/or parents, nurturing life skills and self-efficacy in the context of trusting and safe relationships.
TAPSS provides home-based, comprehensive and intensive supportive counseling and case management for any young parent (male or female, individually and as couples) who resides in Monroe County, is pregnant or parenting, and is under 22 years old. The services are highly individualized and provided in a relationship-based, trauma-informed and culturally responsive manner that highlights a partnership between the staff and the teen parent (s). Weekly support groups and periodic special group events including zoo trips, college tours, picnics, and holiday celebrations are an optional component.
TAPSS supports the teen parent family by offering services directed toward the teen parent’s personal development and goals, the teen parent/child relationship and the child’s health and developmental needs. Services that focus on the teen parent may include counseling and case management support with relationships, housing, finances, child care, education and employment, self-efficacy and personal goal setting. Services focusing on the parent-child relationship may include parent-child play activities and counseling with a focus on attachment as well as information and support to promote a full understanding of the relationship between child development and parenting strategies. Services directed to the child may include developmental screening, general health screening, and parent-child play/interaction experiences. Referrals often center on basic needs, child care, domestic violence, mental health counseling, early intervention, education and employment, housing and medical services.
How to Refer
Referrals can be made easily in a number of ways! Young parents can call or email the Program Supervisor inquiring about services for themselves or a helping professional can call or email over a completed Referral Form. If we are unable to provide the service for any reason, we will help figure out an alternative resource and support connection to that resource.
TAPSS Frequently Asked Questions
Who does TAPSS serve?
TAPSS serves young parents (age 21 and under) and their children who live within Monroe County. There are no other requirements and services are free of charge thanks to our generous funders.
How long do TAPSS services last?
On average, young parents receive 12 months of services – sometimes more and sometime less depending on the unique needs of each parent and family.
How long has TAPSS been in operation?
TAPSS has been serving teen parents in Monroe County since the early 90’s.
Interested in finding out what an intern can expect from a placement in TAPSS? Click on the link to find a full description of the TAPSS program, a detailed list of what interns can expect & a list of qualities that the program is looking for in an intern.
Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS)
The Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation, Inc.
Monroe County Foster Care Prevention
The United Way of Greater Rochester
Department of Human Services
Parents as Teachers
NYS Association of Infant Mental Health
NYS Association of Infant Mental Health overall mission includes creating and supporting the development of a higher quality workforce in the Infant Mental Health Field. Endorsement® will recognize those who have specialized skills and training to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, their parents and other caregivers.
Rochester Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium
Metro Council for Teen Potential (MCTP)
Program Success Stories
Homeless, pregnant, and alone; this is the beginning of the extraordinary story of Alicia. Although these arduous circumstances were present in her life, they did not stop this young girl from becoming a successful, independent woman.