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February 25, 2013

Teen Dad article in Herald mentions Father and Child

The NZ Herald on Sunday mentions Father and Child Trust, along with Thrive Teen Parents and Great Potentials Foundation. The article was about a teen dad who has fathered thirteen children, not much is known about his level of involvement.

Read the article: One teen dad, many mothers, 13 kids…

Brendon Smith, of Father and Child, said most young fathers wanted to be involved in their children’s lives but did not get the same State support as young mums.

“Young dads need to be included and welcomed into parenting groups and antenatal classes. Midwives need to include the dads in appointments.

“Becoming a father can be the motivation they need to clean up their lives and this can happen if they get the right support,” he said.

Nick Grace of Thrive teen parent support trust

Nick Grace and daughters

Nick Grace, who works as a mentor for Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust, said being a young parent was difficult financially.

“We work it out. Communications is the key,” he said. “We just have to be transparent with each other and it’s all about the children at the end of the day.”

For more information on Father and Child’s support and resources for teen dads, see Teen dad support …

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