Resources for Families of Youth Aged 13-17
Parents tell us...
"Being a teen was hard for me; I am afraid it will be worse for him." "Sometimes her dad and I get scared. We worry about her safety and judgment, but want her to have friends too." " I want him to be independent but I don't think he really has a clue what real life is like. As a single parent I want to let him be silly and goof off, but I need to know that he will be able to take care of himself someday." "I remember the trouble that my sister and I got into and want to try to prevent some of that."
Teen recreation and sports
Sports and recreation are great ways to build independence, confidence, social skills, and a healthy lifestyle. Here are some ideas to support your teen's participation.
Adolescent social-emotional and mental health
Being a teen can be stressful, and sometimes they don't want to talk about it with us. Here are some resources for helping your teen become a mentally healthy adult.
Learning and education
This is a time of growing independence and change in the academics as well as health care. We have some resources and tips on how to make your child's transition from high school to advanced education, training, or work life easier.
Transition to adult health careThis is a long term process, it doesn't happen overnight. Here are checklists and resources to help build your child's independence in
health care and in other aspects of life.
Service and emotional support animals
Animals can be a source of emotional and physical support, but they are also a lot of responsibility. You can learn more about the types of support animals and what rights and responsibilities come with owning a support animal.
Special health needs essentials
If you have a child with Special Health Needs they will probably interact with one or more systems in Oregon. Here are some of the basics.