About Us

www.YoungFamiliesConnect.org is part of a public-private partnership between the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch.


The mission of the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation is Eliminating Preventable Infant Death and Illness in North Carolina

The purpose of the Young Families Connect web site is to:

  • Assist both expectant and/or parenting women and men ages 13-24 years old. Young expectant and parenting women and men experience more life challenges than their peers and they and their children are often at high risk for poorer social, educational and health outcomes. Having a healthy pregnancy, staying in school finding employment, obtaining educational success and acquiring effective parenting skills are all critical to the success of parents and their children in our society.
  • The Young Families Connect: Engaging Communities project will leverage current resources in five high need communities by assisting existing providers serving young expectant parenting women and men in adopting evidence – based and evidence –informed practices. The project will also bring resources to these communities to provide young families with supportive services identified through a community based needs assessment process. The overall goals of Young Families Connect: Engaging Communities are to 1) increase self-sufficiency, 2) improve health and wellness, and 3) improve parenting skills for expectant and parenting women and men ages 13- 24 years.


This web site is designed to provide young moms, dads and their families with information and resources that promote the health and safety of children and families. Much of the information is taken from publications offered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation. The information provided by this web site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between individuals and their medical providers and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.


The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation is committed to providing access to our Web pages for individuals with disabilities.

In order to achieve this, we have made every attempt to ensure compliance with accessibility design guidelines outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you are disabled and have any problems accessing parts of our site, please notify our Webmaster at: information@nchealthystart.org or by calling: 919-828-1819.

Editorial Board

Editor: Janice A. Freedman, M.P.H . Janice@NCHealthyStart.org

The Young Families Connect Editorial staff are professional health educators and are not medically trained. They obtain stories from an array of sources: peer-reviewed medical publications, federal or state government actions, and interviews with medical experts. The entire website is reviewed annually; however information is updated or added, as needed.

Each completed story/ article published is reviewed by our Executive Director and editor, Janice Freedman, M.P.H. for accuracy, appropriateness of language, and proper characterization of the findings. as well as for style, flow, punctuation, and readability. It may also be reviewed by qualified staff at the Department of Health and Human Services. Finally, the story moves from editing to publishing, where it is converted to HTML and published to the site.

Privacy Statement

The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation believes personal privacy must be respected and preserved. We do not collect personal information such as names, addresses, email addresses, etc. unless individuals voluntarily give them to us when they complete a form or survey or email us.

Personally identifiable information is used solely for the purposes of:

  • Responding to requests
    Note: At times, we may not be able to answer specific eligibility and technical assistance questions. In those cases, we forward questions to individuals at the state level who are better able to offer assistance. In those cases, we do pass along the original sender’s identifying information so that the sender can get a direct answer.
  • Collecting comments and recommendations about the web site

All personal use information will remain confidential and will never be sold or otherwise shared or communicated to any commercial entity. We undertake to fully honor or exceed the legal requirements for medical/health information privacy.

As part of our Web site traffic analysis, we do collect information that is not traceable to any individual and is collected as aggregate statistics. The information we collect includes which browsers visitors use, which search terms are employed, which pages are visited, which hyperlinks are selected, etc. We use this information solely to improve and maintain the Web site.

In addition, we use Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the website and improve our content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please visit Google Analytics Privacy Overview.
We do not use cookies on our Web site.


Materials for this project, including this Web site, were developed through support provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health (grant #SP1AH000020-01-00) to the State of North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch; The Division of Public Health contracts directly with the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation.

Additional Information


This web site does not accept advertising.


Only the text of this site is copyright free and may be reused, with the following stipulation:

When reproducing material from the site in electronic or print format, please attribute it to the following:

North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the Young Families Connect Project


North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation
3725 National Drive, Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27612
Telephone: 919-828-1819
Fax: 919-828-1446
Email to: Information@YoungFamiliesConnect.org
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