serving young mothers

GRANTEE: Roca, Inc.

Roca serves young mothers ages 14 to 24 who are not ready, willing, or able to be in other programs or jobs. Roca's high-risk young mothers suffer from violence, abuse, and trauma and are not in school and not working; gang and street involved; using drugs and alcohol; involved in the justice system; not attending parenting programs; and not responsive to home visiting programs.

Roca is one of the only organizations in the country working with this forgotten group of young mothers. To break the cycle for their children, we believe that stabilizing the mother is the first step in stabilizing the family. Roca’s nationally recognized, four-year behavioral health intervention model teaches young mothers the skills they need to learn to choose to live and set their children up for success. Founded in Massachusetts, Roca opened its Young Mothers Program in Hartford, CT in Fall 2021 with a goal of serving 250-300 young mothers over four years.