Experts say that girls have babies from lack of self-esteem. "Too often, adolescent pregnancy is what happens to poor kids," says psychologist Judith Musick. "It can be a symptom of having no better options." They need someone to love and someone to love them back. What's cuddlier and cuter than a baby is? A baby gives them something to look forward to and something that gives meaning to their life. Studies show that a lot of teenage mothers come from poverty and some of them don't know any better. There's definitely a lack of education but it doesn't have a direct relationship to race or ethnic background. A lot of teenage moms don't think that they have anything to lose by having a baby.
Communities and Governments have tried to help out teenage mothers but sometimes what they do just isn't enough. There is After-School Care for young adolescents and there are community learning centers. In 1984 about 8.7 million girls were living with a baby and without the father. Only 58% of those girls have been awarded child support. Of those who were supposed to get child support in 1983, only half received the amount due. Twenty-six percent received partial payment and 24% had gotten no payments at all. Federal, state, and local funds must be provided for after school programs for young mothers. Legislative initiatives have to provide authorization to help communities start and operate a variety of programs that could be run by schools or churches or some kind of agencies.
Unmarried teenage moms, by contrast, are the hearts of underclass problem. Giving birth to children whom will never have a father and who sometimes spend a lifetime on welfare. There's a special program to help moms under 18 which provides a place to live, if the girl doesn't have any, like a church or a shelter. The girls are also provided with parental instructions, supervised childcare, and insist on finishing high school. There's also allowance and training sessions. Some of the mothers are given federal financing and a mixture of public and private management. Maybe, if the mothers would be given another chance, they would have taken a different path, and not have kids at such an early age. They have probably learned their lesson and suffered the consequences. First they'd finish their education, get a good job with a good salary, then get married, start a family and support it.
Approximately 60% of children born to teenagers who are not married, and the...