A community where every teen parent and their family thrives
Key verse: “…but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23a
To cultivate growth, build relationships, and meet needs of teen parents and their families
Key Verse: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10b
We honor all life and the One who created it
The infallible word of God guides everything we do
We champion education: emotional, financial, physical, relational and spiritual
We provide a safe environment to develop healthy families
We advocate mature growth in all areas of life
We are faithful stewards of our resources
We seek collaboration with community partners* to support young families.
(Community partners* may include: families, schools, churches, civic organizations, governmental agencies, and other non-profit agencies.)
Kindred Life Ministries has grown from the rich heritage and foundation of the Teen Mother Choices program founded in 1989. Teen Mother Choices began by offering services to parenting teen mothers as the next step of care by some in the prolife movement for families facing the same challenges as “orphans and widows” described in the Bible. Mobilizing the Church to mentor and provide resources to young women was one key element of the ministry. Another element was connecting young mothers with Community Resources like childcare subsidies, insurance programs and housing authorities.
This partnership (Church and Community Resources) has helped sustain the ministry financially and meet crucial needs of its teen mothers and children. For 25 years, this ministry was known as Teen Mother Choices.
In recent years, volunteers and staff began to focus on the need to strengthen and nurture the Family Support System of teen parents. Financial challenges and barriers like affordable housing prevented the ministry from providing these needed services until recently. A prayerful strategic visioning project in 2012 refocused the ministry’s emphasis to include finding ways to appropriately support the family of origin by the shared efforts of the board members, staff and volunteers. In order to reflect our roots as well as the growth in our ability to serve teen parents and their children with a circle of support including the church, community and a strengthened family support system, we formed Kindred Life Ministries in 2014. See also our Kindred Life FAQs
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
The logo for Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. tells the story of our Christian heritage, references all the members of the teen parent’s family of origin and highlights the three areas key to the success of both child and teen parent.
The tree portrays how Kindred Life Ministries serves the entire family system—teen mothers, teen fathers, their children and the respective grandparents. While family trees can look a bit complex these days, we at Kindred Life Ministries believe that teen families can flourish as they live the life Christ promises. We support this growth through partnerships between the church, the community and the teen mother’s family of origin. The logo was designed to appeal to all the members of the teen parent’s family of origin.
A trunk in the form of a cross symbolizes our faith rooted in Christ and points to the promise of new life in Him.
The leaves are joyful representations of the loving, ‘kindred’ environment among the staff, volunteers and physical spaces in which we provide services to the teen parent and her family.
Three large branches reflect the three main groups who provide support and structure for our work: the church, the community and the family of origin. The three branches also reference the three different parts of the family with whom we work: teen parents, children and grandparents. Finally, those branches remind us that we are one ministry serving families in three locations: Antioch, Gurnee, and Wheeling.
Learn more about our rich history here.
We Serve Teen Parents
- Between the ages of 13 and 19
- Have already given birth and have chosen to parent their child
- Have not yet obtained their high school diploma, or GED
- Are transitioning from high school to full-time employment, college course work, or technical/certificate programs
We Offer Teen Parents
- Child care Assistance while the teenage mother is at work or school
- Life Education Groups
- Guidance and assistance in setting goals
- Financial & Personal Counseling
- Referrals as appropriate
Mothers Must Be Willing To
- Attend school or work full time
- Attend and participate in weekly Life Education Group Nights
- Work with a mentor
- Participate in financial and personal counseling