In South Vancouver Island the areas of WestShore, Sooke and Port Renfrew continue to grow in population, particularly with young families. One specific group that presents with unique social service and education needs is that of adolescent and young women who are pregnant and parenting, and their partners and families.
In 2010, the Capital Families Association and the Sooke School District #62 applied for and were successful in receiving a BC School Community Connections Grant. The purpose of this funding was to explore the education, social support and child care needs of the young parent community in the West Shore to Port Renfrew area and how they related to:
- (a) completing high school and continuing to post‐secondary education/training and
- (b) promoting the wellbeing of mothers, their babies and their families.
This report presents statistics on adolescent pregnancy in BC, the implications of adolescent pregnancy on both mother and child, evidence for effective support of adolescent mothers who may want to complete high school, results from a survey of young mothers in the Sooke School District (SD) #62, and preliminary recommendations for the development of supports for adolescent and young mothers in the areas of WestShore, Sooke and Port Renfrew.