Adolescent Parenting Program (APP)


The Adolescent Parenting Program (APP) is a free program that serves any Johnston County pregnant or parenting teen nineteen years or younger, who wants support achieving life goals and establishing family plans. This program is a part of the Department of Social Services, and works with other community agencies such as the school systems and the health department. Social Workers will meet with the participants at least monthly at home, school, or other community locations.


The APP assists pregnant or parenting adolescents by providing services and support to participants who are interested in:

  • Accessing health care for teen parent and child
  • Delaying a subsequent pregnancy
  • Improving parenting skills
  • Increasing knowledge about prenatal and child development
  • Participating in teen parent support group meetings
  • Preparing for employment and college success

The APP program has proven effective at helping young parents. Over 90% of the teen parents who have participated in the program have not experienced a subsequent pregnancy during the time they were involved in APP. The incidence of child abuse and neglect is much lower for APP participants than for teen parents outside of the program. 

Learn More and Apply

For more information, contact the Adolescent Parenting Program social worker via phone at 919-989-5300

Page last updated:  June 12, 2024

All inquiries go through the DSS main number:

(919) 989-5300

This includes Food Stamps (FNS), Medicaid, Temporary Assistance Needy Families (TANF), Child Care, Child Protection, Adult Protection, Foster Parenting, Transportation, and more.

Report Child Abuse/Neglect

E-mail or call
After normal business hours, call 919-989-5000 and ask to speak with the on-call social worker.

Report Adult Abuse/Neglect

Monday through Friday 8 am through 5 pm (919) 989-5300.
After hours, weekends and holidays, please call 911 or (919) 989-5000.

Domestic Violence

Call 911 or (919) 989-5000.