When she was a senior in high school and six months pregnant with her son, Dominique was referred to Family Lifeline’s Healthy Families program by her high school guidance counselor. At the time, JeVontae was a recent high school graduate and looking for work. The couple feared the stigma of “teen parenthood” and worried about their lack of parenting knowledge and the financial challenges they would face. After contemplating other options, such as adoption, Dominique and JeVontae made the decision to raise their son together.
With the help of their Healthy Families Parent Educator, Dominique and JeVontae worked through the early months of parenthood. They were eager to provide a stable home for their son, and made great strides to create a safe and healthy environment for him. Dominique consistently set goals for herself and her son. She is currently employed and is also studying for her Medical Assistant certification test, and JeVontae is employed as well. Dominique and JeVontae both participate in Family Lifeline’s Parent Groups, which gives them an opportunity to interact with other young parents, and allows their son time to socialize as well.
Over the past two years, Dominique and JeVontae have evolved into wonderful parents and positive role models for their son and for others. Most recently, they participated in Healthy Families Advocacy Day, where they shared personal stories with Virginia legislators. They also donate their son’s gently used items to other families in the program. Their positive attitude and commitment to the program is inspiring. The two are newly engaged and plan to be married this summer.