Parents & Guardians
Maine Family Planning believes that parents are the primary sexuality educators of their children and that you play an important role in helping young people make healthy decisions about their sexual health.
Research shows that young people are more confident in their decisions when they can talk with a trusted adult in their lives.
Teens and Maine’s Family Planning Clinics
Maine’s family planning clinics are here to support young people as they try to stay healthy and make responsible sexual decisions. We offer birth control counseling and supplies, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, physical exams, and education in a caring, confidential environment. Our experienced health care professionals specialize in caring for women and teens.
We encourage all teens to discuss their family planning visit with their parents or guardian. And we’re happy to report that many of our young patients tell us that they have talked with a parent or guardian about their decision to visit a family planning clinic.
Not all teens are able to discuss their sexual health decisions with a parent or guardian. These young people tell us that if their privacy is not guaranteed, they may not seek the care they want and need.
Federal Title X family planning regulations guarantee confidential sexual health services for teens. These confidentiality policies for minors are supported by many respected health care organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association.
Because of these confidentiality policies, we are not able to discuss your child’s family planning visit with you or release medical records without the patient’s written consent. We are, however, able to discuss our clinical services and general sexual health information.
Resources for Parents:
We understand that it isn’t easy to talk with your child about sexuality and reproductive health issues. Whether you need support, skills, or resources — we’re here to help.
Check out FACTS — a useful guide for parents and guardians on what to expect and how to talk with your children about sexuality.
- For parents of children up to age four (PDF)
- For parents of 5-10 year olds (PDF)
- For parents of 11-14 year olds (PDF)
Here are a few links to good online resources for parents.
- Advocates for Youth The Parents Sex Ed Center section of Advocates for Youth’s website contains all of the information and resource you need to being talking with your children about sex.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This section for parents will help you learn how to guide your teen to become a healthy adult.
- HealthyChildren.org This section for parents has excellent articles including, Adolescent Sexuality: Talk the Talk Before They Walk the Walk.
- This website, from the Somerset County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, offers help and encouragement in guiding teens about issues of sexuality and relationships.
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