MAKING THE RIGHT
Teen Pregnancy Services
Low cost health insurance for children Two health insurance programs for Michigan families are MIChild* and Healthy Kids*. Eligibility for either insurance is completed on the same form, although the type of insurance issued is based on family income.
Free to low cost medical services including treatment for acute illnesses (colds, ear infections, bronchitis, rashes, cuts); women's health (gynecological physicals, family planning, sexually-transmitted-diseases*); treatment for chronic illnesses (high-blood pressure, diabetes); employment and school physicals; referrals to other services. Service is available for persons and families of all ages, economically disadvantaged, and persons with no medical insurance. Available from Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Clinics*Outreach Clinic.
Medical care for women not eligible for Healthy Kids* or MIChild health insurance. A connection with a Catholic Hospital will be made for medical care. Eligible females do not have to be Catholic nor be considering giving up their child for adoption to be eligible for services. Available from Catholic -Charities of SE Michigan* - Project Life, (586) 416-2300.
See the "Clothing and Diapers" chapter.
Paternity can be established in several ways:
Free or minimal cost legal advice by telephone provides legal advice on legal concerns of teen parents including custody, paternity, child support, public benefits (FIP*, child care, Healthy Kids*, food assistance), Personal Protection Orders*, birth certificates, limited guardianship for children, emancipation and divorce. Available from Legal Aid and Defender Association in Wayne County, with an office in Macomb County. Toll-free (877) 964-4700.
Information on contraceptive methods, pregnancy testing, pelvic and breast examination (Birth control supplies are available on a sliding fee scale*). Available from:
Pregnancy testing is available from:
Options counseling is available from:
TO REFER TO THE MATERNAL INFANT HEALTH PROGRAM: Maternal and Infant Health Program services are specialized preventive services provided to pregnant women, mothers, and their infants who have Medicaid to help reduce infant deaths and illnesses.
Qualified Health Plus (QHPs) are required to provide Maternal and Infant Health Program services to their members when the services are determined to be medically necessary. Maternal and Infant Health Program services may require prior authorization from a QHP or its providers.
For a list of MIHP service providers, go to.
First, scroll down to the title: “Who Do I Contact To Find A State Certified MIHP Near Me? Then click on “MIHP Coordinators Directory 1/14/2014," or the “Interactive Map of MIHP Agencies” links listed beneath.
An anonymous safe haven for unwanted newborns provides a place for parents to surrender their newborn if the child is less that three days old. The infant must be surrendered inside the building to an employee of a hospital, fire department or police station. The parent will only be asked to volunteer the child's medical history. The baby will be examined and then turned over to DHS for a foster home and prospective adoptive parents. The birth parent, whose rights to the child will be severed, will not be charged with child abandonment unless there is evidence of assault, neglect, or abuse. Parents will have 28 days after surrendering to petition the courts to regain custody. If one parent is initially unaware unaware that the other has abandoned the infant, that parent may petition the State for custody. For more information about "Safe Delivery", call toll-free (866) 733-7733.
Nutrition education and supplemental food coupons for low-income pregnant females, new mothers, and children under age 5 who have medical or nutritional needs. Available from the Macomb County Health Department* - WIC* (Women, Infants and Children*) Supplemental Food Program, Mt. Clemens, (586) 469-5471 or New Haven Community Services, (586) 749-5173 or New Haven Community Services, (586) 749-5173.
Free nutritional education and consultation for Macomb County individuals and families. There are no income guidelines. Available from the Macomb County Health Department*, Mt. Clemens, (586) 469-5893.
Free small group instruction on basic nutrition, food buying and preparation skills, meal planning and budgeting. Available from the MSU Extension* - Expanded Food Nutrition Educational Program* (EFNEP*), (586) 469-6432.
Emergency Food is available through various food pantries in Macomb County. For the location of the nearest food pantry, call 2-1-1.
Free monthly food for pregnant and post partum women and children up to age 6 who do not receive WIC*. Income guidelines: 185% of poverty level. Available from Focus Hope. Eligibility determined locally by calling the Macomb County Community Services Agency*, (586) 469-6964.
Information and support for breast-feeding is available from the La Leche League*, (877) 452-5324.
Free car seat check by a certified child passenger technician are available by appointment from:
Free immunizations for Macomb County children and adults against the following diseases: diphtheria, influenza, pneumonia, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, poliomyelitis, rubella, hemophilus influenza, Hepatitis B, or varicella (chicken pox). Available from:
Pregnant and parenting teens over the age of 16 by September 1 are eligible for adult education classes through local school districts. In addition, the following specialized program is available:
Free daytime classes for pregnant/parenting 16 - 20 year olds toward obtaining their high school diploma, including nutrition, teen parenting, life management issues. Free child care services are provided offsite. This program is within the alternative high school. The classes are incorporated into the teens' school schedule. For more information, call North Lake High School, (586) 285-8780.
Persons under the age of 18 must have parental consent to enter into a marriage contract in the state of Michigan. If the youth is less than 15 years of age, he/she and his/her parent must go to Probate Court to start the process.
If the youth is under 15 and does not have parental consent or only one parent's consent, he/she must apply for a secret marriage license. A hearing date is set, approximately 14 days later. The parents are notified of the hearing and may give testimony. The judge's decision is based on the circumstances of the situation and testimony.
If the youth is under 15 and has both parents' consent, he/she applies for a secret marriage license and a hearing date may be set for that day. The judge's decision is based on the circumstances of the situation and testimony.
If the youth is aged 16-18, he/she must have parental consent to get married. They begin the process by going to the County Clerk Office, 1st Floor, Court Building in Mt. Clemens [(586) 469-5749 with their custodial parent to apply for a marriage license. The youth must bring in a certified copy of their birth certificate. The parent must bring in their own picture identification (preferably a driver's license) and must sign a parental consent form in order for the youth to apply for the marriage license.
At least one applicant must appear to apply for a marriage license and show proper photo identification (driver's license). If one of the people who wishes to get married is underage, then the one who is underage must come in person to apply for the marriage license and bring a birth certificate. For more information, call the Macomb County Clerk's Office, 40 N. Main, Mt. Clemens (586) 469-5210. Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Early Childhood STEP* is designed for parents with children under 6 years of age and focuses on temperament, stages of development, expectations and age appropriate behavior. There is a fee for the class and cost of the book. (These fees are waived if the parents are on any form of public assistance. To get the fees waived, the client must have an up-to-date Medicaid* card or a letter from their DHS* worker stating that they are unable to pay for the classes). The book Parenting Young Children is available at local bookstores. The classes are two hours a week for eight weeks and are available quarterly from CARE* - Parent/Family Program, (586) 541-2273 or visit their website at http://www.careofsem.com.