Supportive Adults

supportPregnant and parenting teens need supportive adults in their lives who believe in them and in their ability to succeed.  Supportive adults can be a mother, father, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, neighbor, coach, or teacher.  The more supportive adults your teen has around them the better.

When you learn that your teen, or a teen you know, is about to become a mother or a father, you may experience a whole range of emotions.  Adapting to the news and looking down the road to the next 9 months (and beyond) can be scary and full of uncertainty.  Educating yourself and providing support when your teen needs it can help them become great parents.

Support may be providing:

  • A listening ear
  • A place to live
  • Transportation
  • Babysitting
  • Financial assistance
  • Groceries 
  • Other personal needs the teen parent or baby may have. 

As a supportive adult, you serve as a role model and can show your teen ways to take care of themselves and their baby.  Most importantly you can help them speak up for what they need and deserve, especially with things like getting quality healthcare and finishing school. The following pages will provide information and resources to help you support your teen.