The Child Welfare Research & Training Project recently won a grant provided by the Iowa State University Women’s and Diversity Grants Program for the Parenting: It’s A Life Awareness Project. The grant will fund expanding this program, originally designed for middle and high school students, to ISU students. The existing program is funded through a partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Services.
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seven out of ten pregnancies to unmarried women, ages 20-29, are unplanned; in Iowa, 2,532 births where to women under age 20, with 72% of those pregnancies to women 18-19 years old (2012 statistics). The expanded program will focus on providing students with information and resources to help them make the tough decisions about their own ability to raise a child and complete a degree.
The goal of the project is to create new educational materials and provide child support informational workshops on the ISU campus. Kate Goudy-Haht applied for the grant and will be supervising the graduate students and student workers helping develop and deliver the program. The committee received 21 proposals and 12 were chosen to be funded.