2000 Jordan Institute
Vol. 1, No.
Points: Teen Pregnancy
- Examine both the sources and quality of social supports for the teen
mother. Are the adults in her life "taking over" and keeping
her from the responsibilities and rewards of motherhood?
- Take statements about depression and suicide seriously. If these issues
do not come up, ask. Symptoms of depression include dramatic changes
in sleeping and eating patterns, inability to take pleasure in activities
that were once enjoyable, and difficulty concentrating. Work with your
local mental health center and medical clinic on screening and treatment
for these problems.
- If teens are open to consider adoption, connect them with others who
have placed children or have been adopted themselves.
- Don't forget the father and his family. No matter what the young woman
or her family says about his whereabouts or interests, his support of
a plan can be crucial.
- Teens do change their minds about placement. Consider interventions
that will allow for parent education while supporting the adoption decision.
- Help promote positive views of adoption in your community. Public
service announcements, community forums, and question and answer sessions
at local high schools are three possible forums for spreading the word
1995 Jordan Institute for Families