Category - Teen
Teen mothers already have a difficult road ahead raising a child is demanding in and of itself, but trying to juggle school, work, and a normal social life with a baby is exhausting. On top of that, teen mothers have the added threat of facing the babys father or his parents, who may try to fight for custody. It takes two to make a baby but all too often when the pregnancy is announced the guy gets lost in the confusion. Teen fatherhood is not something to be taken lightly and along with responsibilities to the mother and the child you have rights that you need to know about. Parents have the right to know where their teenagers are, who they are with and generally what they are doing. While teens do not have to go into detail about private matters, like their thoughts about the person they are dating, for instance, they do have to let parents know things like the location of the party they will be attending and who is chaperoning the party. after most teen births, the mother and less frequently both parents or the father alone raise the child. Fathers married to their chiildrens mothers often can more readily exercise their parental rights than unmarried fathers. Shelter, food and clothing are all basic rights that teens have. Of course, this doesnt mean that a teen has the right to the newest styles at the mall. A teens right to clothing involves only what is necessary to protect himher from the elements. Many states require parental involvement in a minors decision to terminate a pregnancy. In sharp contrast, states overwhelmingly consider minors who are parents to be capable of making critical decisions affecting the health and welfare of their children without their own parents knowledge or. If i have a baby as a teen, am i automatically emancipated from my parents? No, having a baby does not emancipate you. The welfare reform act has enacted important changes for teenage parents and minor-mothers. In order for a minor-mother to be eligible to receive afdc benefits, she must enroll in high school or a state-approved ged program and live under adult supervision. The welfare reform act has thus eliminated the enticement of physical and financial. Teen fathers face a lack of teen parent programs to help them. An unmarried father has rights and responsibilities concerning custody, visitation, and child support. while applauding their accomplishments, activists across the country are thinking about the needs of an overlooked demographic teen mothers. According to a 2012 report (pdf) by the national campaign to prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy and americas promise alliance, only 40 percent of teenage mothers graduate high school.