WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Heartland for Children is the not-for-profit agency responsible for the foster care system in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Joint Base Charleston School Age Program

Paula B. Matthews, School Age Program Coordinator

Preparing for our after school accreditation was an awesome and very valuable learning experience for the Child and Youth Professionals at Charleston Air Force Base. Becoming familiar with and understanding the After School standards was a breeze because of the training webinars and the great customer service we received from all of the COA staff. Thank you for supporting our military families.
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Purpose

Individuals who participate in Pregnancy Support Services learn about parenthood, make informed decisions about their pregnancies, stay healthy, and pursue their educational and vocational goals.

PA-PS 9: Promoting Positive Life Course Development

Expectant parents are linked to formal and informal supports and services that can increase self-sufficiency and life options.

NA The agency provides only Pregnancy Options Counseling or Birth Options Counseling.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services
    • Procedures for linking individuals to services and providing ongoing monitoring and follow-up
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals served
    • Review case records

  • PA-PS 9.01

    To promote life options and economic self-sufficiency, expectant parents are helped to locate and enroll in educational or vocational programs that are appropriate to their needs, interests, and abilities.

    Research Note: Research indicates that women who become mothers during adolescence are more likely to be educationally and economically disadvantaged than women who delay childbearing. Although it was long assumed that this was a result of teen pregnancy, recent literature emphasizes that many girls who become adolescent mothers are also disadvantaged beforehand, and, as referenced in the Research Note to PA-PS 7.04, suggests that many may become mothers as teens because they see their life options as limited. Nevertheless, although the economic consequences of early childbearing may have been overstated, some research controlling for background characteristics indicates that teen mothers are more likely to drop out of high school and experience greater poverty. Regardless of causality, the fact that young mothers tend to have needs in this area points to the importance of recognizing when they may need assistance promoting their educational and economic achievement.


  • PA-PS 9.02

    Expectant parents are helped to find new living arrangements when current living arrangements are not suitable.

    Interpretation: Expectant parents should have suitable housing both during and after the pregnancy. Appropriate arrangements can include living: (1) independently, (2) with family members, including the extended family, (3) in foster homes, (4) in group homes, or (5) in residential care.


  • FP
    PA-PS 9.03

    Expectant parents are helped to access other community services needed to support positive life course development, including, as appropriate:

    1. child care;
    2. transportation services;
    3. financial assistance;
    4. legal services; and
    5. domestic violence, sexual abuse, or sexual assault services.

    Research Note: Some research suggests that a large proportion of young women who become adolescent mothers have been victims of sexual abuse and points to the importance of recognizing when individuals may need specialized therapeutic services.


  • PA-PS 9.04

    Expectant parents receive social and emotional support directly from the service provider and are helped to develop and expand their informal support networks by:

    1. maintaining and strengthening their relationships with family members and the birth father, as appropriate; and
    2. building connections with friends, neighbors, and other community members.

  • PA-PS 9.05

    After delivery, parents without an alternative are helped to place their children in temporary foster care if they need time to establish homes or consider other plans for their children and themselves.

    NA The agency does not assist parents in placing their children in temporary foster care.

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