Over 40% of girls in foster care will become pregnant by the age of 17
Their babies are 66% more likely to become teen parents
Together we can break this intergenerational cycle by providing these young parents with the education, resources and supportive community they deserve
This month’s Raising Foodies was unlike any we’d ever experienced before. Kitchen healer Jules Blaine Davis prepared food for our young moms ahead of time. We spent less time in the kitchen and more time sitting with each other discussing our relationships to food and ways to reduce the stress associated with preparing meals. The produce was generously donated by GrubMarket. Some AOM volunteers helped prepare the food and sat and enjoyed the meal with our girls while other AOM volunteers took care of their children. At the end of the night, the girls were gifted functional everyday baby essentials from our friends at b.box.
On the 24th of September, nearly one hundred pregnant and parenting teens in foster care participated in Raising Baby with their children. AOM supporter Kristen Bell kicked off the day of empowering interactive workshops with an inspiring speech about her own experiences as a mother and the importance of showing up for your kids. Underserved foster youth engaged with parenting experts and learned practical tips about how to help develop their babies' brains during the critical first three years of life. While the young parents learned, Alliance of Moms member volunteers provided childcare for their kids. The youth left the life-changing event with almost $800 worth of goodies for their babies, all thanks to our generous donors and sponsors.
Self Care Day
At our last Self Care Day, we invited eighteen pregnant girls to BINI Birth to start developing self care habits as they prepare for motherhood. AOM experts Erica Chidi Cohen of LOOM and Jen Waldburger of Sleepy Planet Parenting led the day. UMA Mother's Patti Quintero guided the girls through a yoga session. Our friends at Slumberkins flew down from Northern California to speak to our young moms and to give each of them their own slumber sloths. The girls also left with Beyond Yoga yoga pants and Arm's Reach co-sleepers. Alliance of Moms member volunteers provided transportation to and from the event and put together goody bags for the girls. The volunteers left with Beyond Yoga gift cards. We can't wait to invite this same group of young mamas back for a follow up session once they've had their babies.