This special report presents the results of an environmental scan, based on a policy and practice framework that higihlights rules, routes, relationships and resources that was developed for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). The purpose of the study was to understand the characteristics of service delivery models for teen caregivers under the age of 20 in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) in 8 of Minnesota's 87 counties. The report begins by reviewing administrative data on MFIP teen mothers. Results found that for the 5,132 MFIP teen mothers in 2009: three-quarters were on welfare as a child, the majority had their first child before age 18, only 9% had received any child support, half had worked during the year , and only 59% were enrolled in school full time. The review also found the Minnesota teen birth rate in 2009 was 33 per 1,000 females age 15 to 19, compared to 39 in the U.S and that there are large differences among racial/ethnic groups. Findings from site visits to the 8 study counties and interviews with 88 county, tribal and provider staff are then shared and address how workers approach working with teen parents, how they follow state program policies, and how they view their roles with teen parents in poverty. The last chapter summarizes what teen parents in poverty need and what the welfare system and its workers need for greater success, some possible next steps, and a tentative service model. 2 tables, 6 figures, and 18 references. (Author abstract modified)
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The Four Rs of Service Delivery for MFIP Teen Parents: Approaches of Eight Minnesota Counties. Rules, Routes, Relationships, Resources.