Teenage Pregnancy & Adoption

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 02, 2012

Teenage Pregnancy and Adoption

A significant proportion of teenage girls in the world have to bear the brunt of teenage pregnancy. While in countries such as India, the problem is mainly due to child marriage; premarital sex in western countries has led to the problem of single teenage moms. As such moms are not ready financially or emotionally to take care of their child, many times they prefer to allow the child to be adopted by someone else.

A pregnant teen can choose between independent adoption and agency adoption and this depends on the time she wants to spend for searching the parents. In an agency adoption, teenagers get the following options:

  • Closed adoption – In this type of adoption, no information is shared about the parents who want to adopt and the teen who has delivered the baby.
  • Semi-open adoption – It is the type in which the teen and adoptive parents are allowed to choose each other. They also work with each other on a first-name basis.
  • Open adoption – In an open adoption, there is very little interaction between the teenage mom and adopting parents.

Adoption is very beneficial for teenage moms and more so for their babies. This is because most of the teen moms are those who live below poverty line. Since the teenage moms choose adoption, they are more likely to graduate from high school and make a good career. Moreover, given the fact that sons brought up by teenage moms are thrice more likely than other boys to be jailed, adoption makes sense.

However, adoption should be completely a decision of the teen. She should be comfortable in her decision.


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