Teenage pregnancy & adoption

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Teenage pregnancy & adoption
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<p>Adoption-Education.com states that according to 2006 data from the Guttmacher Institute, there are approximately "...750,000 teen pregnancies annually (among those aged 15-19)..." in the United States. Of these teen pregnancies, half of the mothers gave birth.

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According to Adoption-Education.com, a 1995 survey from ChildTrends states that fewer than one per cent of pregnant teens place their babies for adoption.

Types of Adoption

For teen mothers who choose adoption, there are three key adoption types to consider. According to AmericanAdoptions.com, closed adoptions have been a traditionally accepted form of adoption in which the birth and adoptive parents have no contact and their identities remain confidential. In open adoptions, the biological and adoptive parents may communicate with one another before and after the adoption, have regularly scheduled visits, and exchange information and photos. During semi-open adoptions, birth and adoptive parents may limit their communication, but may exchange first names or tell one another which state they live in.


Adoption is a beneficial option not only for teenage parents, but also for the newborn child. According to Adoption-Education.com, 80 per cent of teenage mothers live below the poverty line. However, teenage mothers who choose adoption are more likely to graduate from high school and have successful careers. Also, sons of teenage mothers are nearly three times more likely to be incarcerated later in life.


The website AmericanAdoptions.com states that one of the most common misconceptions about mothers who choose adoption is that they are selfish. In actuality, teen mothers who decide to place their babies for adoption are courageous, selfless women who are trying to give their babies the best chance at a successful, fulfilling life.


MTV's hit television shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom brought the issue of teen pregnancy and adoption into the foreground. The world watched teen parents Catelynn and Tyler give their baby Carly up for adoption, then learn to cope with life without her.

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