Stories

Henry Arenas and his family moved to Fresno for his Freshman year of high school. The oldest of three children, Henry would describe himself as a simple kid “just worried about school, good grades, and maintaining a good GPA.” At just 16 years old, his life changed forever. Henry found out he was going to be a father. “We weren’t careful,” Henry says of his relationship with his girlfriend, “We knew what to do, but we didn’t. We took a risk and she…

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Four hours into a late night visit to the Reedley Hospital emergency room, a doctor told Elvira and her family the news. "I already knew I was pregnant but I just didn't tell anybody." The pain that had brought the 14-year-old to the hospital was due to her pregnancy, a condition that she had not shared with her family until that moment. Elvira’s mother didn’t take it well. "She was really upset with me. She told me the worst things." Elvira decided to move in with her…

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Eryka Hale would describe herself as a “normal teenage girl with big dreams.” At eighteen years old, she aspires to one day be a labor and delivery nurse. Hale, however, has one big factor that separates her from other “normal teenage girls.” Her daughter, 15-month-old Naomi, was the catalyst for what Eryka refers to as a “rollercoaster ride that no one was expecting to take.” "I went through a night of assault and I didn't want to say anything about it. I…

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Genevieve is about to graduate from a mainstream high school in June. But the path to graduation was not an easy one because Genevieve is a teen parent. About a week before she found out that she was pregnant during her junior year of high school, she broke up with the baby’s father. She was unable to tell her parents and talked with her older sister first seeking guidance. Two weeks later, her sister told their parents that Genevieve was pregnant. Her parents wanted her to terminate the…

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Fresno EOC Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) received notification from the California Department of Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division that they are one of 19 counties throughout the state who was awarded with funding through June 2020. Fresno EOC has operated AFLP for the past 32 years as a subcontractor of Fresno County Department of Social Services whom, with great confidence, decided to pass the baton to Fresno EOC. Under the direction of Fresno EOC Sanctuary…

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Fresno EOC Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) partners with schools and many other agencies to provide support to pregnant and parenting teens. One of those partnerships involves being a resource for the annual Central Valley Teen Parent Conference, which has been held for the last several years in Fresno but is open to teens from throughout the Central Valley. The conference has drawn as many as 500 teens and covers a variety of topics like fatherhood, stress management, how to access…

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The Fresno EOC Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) addresses the social, health, educational, and economic impacts of teen pregnancy by helping pregnant and parenting teens achieve success. One of the ways the AFLP program celebrates the success their teen parents achieve is planning an annual luncheon to celebrate the parents who have graduated from high school. A few days ago the program, which is overseen by Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services, celebrated 24 high school graduates from…

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Away to College They Go!

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

Away to College They Go!   Like many pregnant teens who enroll in the Adolescent Family Life Program, Holly was facing some challenges.  Her mother passed away when Holly was only eight years old and she was being raised by her grandparents in Reedley. Holly’s father had been incarcerated for several years. At age 17, Holly gave birth to her son Jameson. Although Holly’s boyfriend (her child’s father) was involved early-on, it was an unhealthy relationship that…

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Is there an Artist in the House?

Posted on Jan 03, 2014

Teen parent, Allison, wasted no time pulling out her paintbrushes and canvas when she learned about the statewide art contest through the California Department of Public Health.  Her goal was to create something others would talk about. Allison, a participant receiving comprehensive case management and engaged in positive youth development activities through Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP), competed with other young parents across California for the opportunity to feature their…

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