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About the Teen Parents Support Programme
The Teen Parents Support Programme is the only  targeted community-based support service for teen parents in Ireland.

We work with young people who become parents when they are aged 19 years or under and support them until their children are 2 years of age.
 
The TPSP is currently available at 11 locations throughout the country.

This service is available to all young people in these areas who become parents while still in their teens.Young people may make contact directly with the TPSP or anyone interested in the welfare of the young parent and his/her child may make contact on their behalf.

TPSP staff actively seeks to engage with young fathers and encourage and support  them to be involved in the lives of their children.

They also provides support to grandparents and other familiy members who play a role in the life of the young parent.

These support services are funded by both Tusla, the Child and Family Agency and the HSE.
They are free and confidential.
 

The TPSP was originally established in 2000 by the Department of Health and Children, in recognition of the fact that young parents and their children benefit from additional supports targeted at their specific needs. Between 2000 and 2012 the TPSP supported a total of 5,385 young parents, their children and families.

At any one time the TPSP supports approximately a quarter of all teen parents in Ireland.

One of the aspirations of the TPSP is that eventually all teen parents in Ireland will have access to this service.

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