I am a teen parent or am about to become one. How do I know if I am eligible for Terra support?

Terra offers support to young men and women from all walks of life. The only eligibility criteria is that a young woman must connect before she has her 20th birthday, a young man must connect before he has his 24th birthday, and all participants must be living in the city of Edmonton. Terra can offer supports to young mothers and fathers in many different situations and if you are not sure about eligibility you are always welcome to call the office directly at 780-428-3772.

I am afraid of sharing that I am pregnant with the people in my life. Will Terra disclose this information?

 

Terra is a voluntary support program that is here to support young moms and dads, and as such, we keep all information disclosed to us confidential. Terra can offer support and information to help a young mother or father tell their loved ones of the pregnancy, however that is a very personal conversation and it will need to be had when the people involved feel it is best.

 pexels-photo-54289-largeI am afraid that my child could be taken away from me. Is Terra able to help me? Will Terra remove my child from my care?

Terra offers young parents the support and information they need to learn about parenting and child development and to build their skills and confidence to parent. We will work with you as a young parent to address any concerns that you or others may have about your child’s safety and ensure that you have access to all the information you need to help your child grow and develop. While we do work collaboratively with Child and Family Services to ensure each and every child that we support lives in a safe environment, Terra does not have the authority to remove your child from your care.

What is Terra doing to prevent teen pregnancy?

Terra has been delivering the Peers Educating Peers program for over 30 years as a prevention strategy to youth attending junior and senior high schools in the Edmonton area. This program is a peer-led discussion on the realities and challenges of being a teen parent. Two or three young moms and/or dads that are currently connected with Terra lead an open, honest and engaging discussion with their peers. A facilitator from Terra also attends to lend support in guiding the conversation and conducting exercises to illustrate some of the unique challenges a young parent can face, such as financial limitation, social stigma, and legal responsibility.  It is delivered to thousands of students annually across the Edmonton region.

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I would like to donate to a Terra family. How can I arrange for my donation to reach them, specifically? 

Terra serves 1,500 young parents and their children annually. Over 90 per cent of them live in poverty and have significant needs. Most benefit from the ongoing donations that are generously gifted to Terra by the community. When donations are received, those donations are directed to those most in need. Terra does not match donors to specific families for gift giving. Although we appreciate that the community often feels a greater sense of connection to their giving when they are able to choose a specific family, this method does not align to our agency principles and values. We believe every family deserves equal opportunity to be supported and reach their goals.

I am a teen parent that is in need of a place to live, or I know a teen parent who is. Can they stay at Terra?

Terra offers one-to-one support and can provide you with the names of agencies that have housing resources available to the public. The housing partnership that Terra has with Brentwood Housing Society is for Terra clients who have been involved with our program for at least 6 months and who have a stable income. Terra does not have additional housing resources.

Do you have a question that has not been answered here? We encourage you to contact us by calling 780-428-3772. We are always happy to help!