Women's Centre Of Jamaica Foundation
Address: 42 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica, West Indies
Telephone: (876) 929-7608, 929-0977
Fax: (876) 960-7551
Web Site: http://www.jamaica-kidz.com/womenscentre/
The Women's Centre Programme for Adolescent Mothers was established in 1978 with one Centre at 42 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10, in response to the high level of teenage pregnancy experienced by the country. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) objective is to motivate young mothers to choose education instead of continuous motherhood. WCJF’s Programme for Adolescent Mothers encourages the continued education of pregnant or lactating girls under the age of 17 years.
The goals are for teen mothers to return to school after the birth of their babies, to delay a second pregnancy until their professional goals are achieved, and to raise the employment potential of young mothers so that they have a viable alternative to depending on men for support.
To continue the academic education of young mothers, 17 years and under. To return them to the normal school system and to provide any necessary support services after their return to school.
To provide intensive counselling on an individual and group basis in Family Life Planning.
To educate the young mother, her baby father and parents of their responsibilities as parents ensuring that correct child care standards are maintained.
To provide support, referral services and/or training to young men and women who have already dropped out of the formal school system.
To provide skill training for young mothers who cannot return to school.
To provide Outreach services to adolescent mothers who are not able to reach a main Centre.
To intervene so as to delay early unwanted pregnancies amongst young women in Jamaica.
To provide a sanctuary where teenagers can air their problems in a non-judgmental, confidential environment.
A decrease in the percentage of birth to teenage mothers due to in-depth counselling at first pregnancy and to the 'ripple effect' created by positive peer counselling by the young mothers in their communities.