November 17 – Wilmington DE – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington has been awarded the Maternity Group Home Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services — Administration for Children and Families, according to a release issued by the agency.
Bayard House will use this three-year grant, worth $250,000 annually, to support pregnant and parenting youth, ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent children.
Bayard House is the only licensed residential program in Delaware serving homeless, pregnant, and newly parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent children.
Delaware’s most recent point-in-time survey of the homeless population demonstrates the need for Bayard House’s services; a one-day snapshot revealed 42 homeless unaccompanied youth, 17 of whom were parents caring for 21 dependent children in Delaware.
The well-documented risks of teen childbearing to both mother and children, as well as the risks of homelessness during pregnancy and childhood, further demonstrate the necessity of Bayard House to serve Delaware.
Bayard House provides ten beds in a fully supervised maternity group home as well as supportive services to promote a successful transition to sustainable living and well-being for this population.
“Catholic Charities is very grateful to Delaware’s U.S. senators and representative, the governor of Delaware and mayor of Wilmington, who all supported our application,” said Fritz Jones, executive director of Catholic Charities. “We thank them for their enthusiastic endorsement of the work of Bayard House.”
Reprinted from The Dialog