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I was just wondering.... IF there was a group home set up for pregnant teen mothers where they could live through out their pregnancy and for 8-12 weeks after giving birth, would it be a good place to go. Here you would be taught basic parenting and life skills, prenatal classes and have to help and support you need to get through your pregnancy. You would have someone who would help take you to your appointments and be your labour coach while in the hospital. I realize such places exist but are few and do not help everyone in this situation. My best friend and I were contemplating on starting such a group home. She has a social work background and I have a labour & delivery nursing background. It would not be that we are promoting teenagers having babies but would be a place for them to go when they had no where else. We realize this is not a way to get rich and this not the reason why would be doing it. Just wanted some opinions to if this would be a worthwhile cause The reason we were thinking of teens is because at the group home (teenage girls)where my friend works right now, if a teen was to be pregnant while there, she would be kicked out with no place to go. I was completely appalled when I heard that, most of these girls are in this home because their families abandoned them in the first place now a gov't run house is going to turn them on the street because they are a product of their society??? I should add that we live in Canada (Toronto) so there is some funding for projects like this and of course the mother wouldn't be tossed out onto the street after her 12 weeks are up, we would need to find another type of housing for them. EVERYONE HAD SUCH GREAT ANSWERS THAT I COULDN'T CHOOSE MY FAVORITE, SO I WILL PUT IT TO A VOTE! THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE!!

Asked By: my mutt - 8/1/2006
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It is a worthwhile cause. The statistic shows that teens are having babies regardless of whether we are promoting it or not. So why not support those who are in this predicament, to give them a good start. It would be beneficial if your friend with the social work background could incorporate a vocational program to... More
Answered By: FranDanDame - 8/1/2006
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That would've been great! I had my first child when I was 17 and my second when I was 19. The first one was a bad situation. I lived with my father and when he found out, he moved to a different state because he felt shame. My mom couldn't afford me. So I had to rely on government, didn't have a vehicle, had no idea... More
Answered By: sexymama20 - 8/1/2006
 
ABSOLUTELY! A HUGE needed resource in many areas, inner city, suburb and rural... More
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Answered By: Anne S - 8/1/2006
 
Sounds like a great idea. Good Luck!
Answered By: Danielle P - 8/1/2006
 
Sure it would- unfortunately, teen pregnancy is something that will never go away, and not all teen moms have supportive family members or good role models to show them the way. There needs to be more places like this. I was a mom at 16 and I had no one to get me through the rough spots- and I dealt with an abusive... More
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Answered By: princesshousewife - 8/1/2006
 
sounds like a much more worthwhile cause than trying to allow teens to get an abortion without parental consent. I hope you can do it. good luck
Answered By: pebl - 8/1/2006
 
Do a search online for Florence Crittenton. They have homes for pregnant teenage girls all over the country. One of my firends was sent there when I was in high school. Very good service. I couldn't find a main site, but there are a slew of sites for the various individual homes....
Answered By: vle045 - 8/1/2006
 
Lots of money is being poured into teen pregnancy and the birth rate is decreasing while the out-of-wedlock birth rate of women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s is increasing at an alarming rate. My mom was thirty-three when she gave birth to me, and shunned by her family. She needed help like you are proposing, but... More
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Answered By: good_old_bastard - 8/1/2006
 
I am also a nurse, but I was a pregnant teen and no where to go or anyone to turn to, and I was asked by a friend to marry him, I saw no other option and unfortunately choose the only one I had which turned out to be a major mistake. YES!! definitely a good idea, teens need this support and an environment to make a... More
Answered By: celtic-tides04@sbcglobal.net - 8/1/2006
 
I volunteer as a peer counselor at a crisis pregnancy center. I can say with a HUGE amount of confidence that this is definitely a much needed resource. I really commend you and your friend for this. I see so many of these girls every week, and we are located in a relatively rural area. There are very few resources... More
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Answered By: bobbiez - 8/1/2006
 
I think it's a wonderful idea. Although, if the girl is old enough (such as 16 or older) it should be her choice to live there or not. Under that age (I believe) is too young to make that kind of decision. Unfortunately, some parents would make their daughters go just so they didn't have to deal with them and their "... More
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Answered By: sillytree - 8/2/2006
 
I think that it is a great idea, but if you are going to have them leave after 12 weeks, you need to PLACE them some where. also, can you withstand the thought that not ALL of these girls will be helped? I had my daughter at 18, but I was fortunate enough that I was with my mother and surrounded by people who have... More
Answered By: cookies_n_cream0218 - 8/2/2006
 
This would be an excellent idea.I got pregnant when i was 14,i was 15 when i had my daughter.I was very lucky my mum and dad and my boyfriend and his family stuck by me,and helped me with everything i needed.It was always in the back of my head what would have happened if they disowned me,you hear so many stories about... More
Answered By: portadown1 - 8/3/2006
 
What a wonderful idea! I grew up in a society that offered adoption as the only alternative to teen pregnancy. I think it's a great thing! Good Luck and hope it works out for you.
Answered By: serenitysoul61 - 8/6/2006
 
that would be so great if every state, county could have a place for teens like that. Both of my sisters were in bad situations where they could not rely on anyone to help them. They would have loved to keep their babies but because of their situations they couldn't. I being 10 years older than them and having young... More
Answered By: tsd574 - 8/7/2006
 
there used to be homes for unwed mothers years ago. most were just babies themselves and were going to give the babies up for adoption. i think it was called the edna gladney home in fort worth... More
Answered By: lodeemae - 8/7/2006
 
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