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As a teen mother in the USA.... The Pretty Poodle™ 1 child; Illinois 7341 posts
2nd Sep '12

How would you rate our government as far as the resources that were available to you as a teen parent?
How available was
-child-care and resources to help pay for it
-education facilities that worked with you to complete your high-school education
-jobs that catered to your lifestyle
-Facilities that gave classes on avoiding domestic violence, money management, parenting skills, and healthy lifestyle choices.



Your responses are very much needed and appreciated!

The Bear and The Bird 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42577 posts
2nd Sep '12

The government wouldn't give me a dime when I lived with my mom..when I moved out I worked part time for minimum wage and went to school. I couldn't qualify for daycare assistance and I got $360/month in foodstamps. No welfare. I lost my job and could only get 200/month in cash assistance.



I know get childcare assistance but no welfare or foodstamps and I had to drop out of school.



I was never offered any kind of classes and told to just take whatever job I was offered, regardless of transportation or childcare issues.

Katie[ღ]Siℓas 17 kids; Grand Haven, Michigan 2071 posts
2nd Sep '12

I'm not a mother quite yet, but I've already gotten access to most of the information for these things through a nurse lady that the hospital sends to my house once a month. [I think it's part of planned parenthood but I'm not positive.]



The only thing I really haven't had help with is finding a job, but I haven't asked for that info either because I plan on being a SAHM for a little while.



I wouldn't rate my govt. on these topics though, but my hospital/planned parenthood gets a 10/10.

user banned Due September 18; 1 child; California 21617 posts
2nd Sep '12

-child-care and resources to help pay for it - Didn't need it, I finished school online so I could care for LO
-education facilities that worked with you to complete your high-school education- My high school was making things complicated, we tried to set it up so that after I had my daughter the teachers could send work home and I would return as soon as I could but all but one teacher said they wouldn't so I opted for online schooling. If I would have stayed in my high school I probably would have graduated a year late, with online schooling I graduated on time.
-jobs that catered to your lifestyle- I tried getting a job when my daughter was a few months old, no one could cater to the schedule that I needed because I would have had to work around when my mom or SO's mom were available to watch LO because daycare is expensive
-Facilities that gave classes on avoiding domestic violence, money management, parenting skills, and healthy lifestyle choices- I didn't look for any of those things.

The Pretty Poodle™ 1 child; Illinois 7341 posts
2nd Sep '12
Quoting Mama♥Sweetpea:" -child-care and resources to help pay for it - Didn't need it, I finished school online so I could care ... [snip!] ... domestic violence, money management, parenting skills, and healthy lifestyle choices- I didn't look for any of those things. "

You said you didnt look for any of those classes, but do you feel you could have benefited from them?

user banned Due September 18; 1 child; California 21617 posts
2nd Sep '12
Quoting That Black Kid
The Pretty Poodle™ 1 child; Illinois 7341 posts
2nd Sep '12
Quoting Mama♥Sweetpea:" A parenting class wouldn't have taught me anything I didn't figure out on my own or that my mom didn't ... [snip!] ... it could have done SOME good, but I'd like to think that I've made the best possible choices for my daughter without them. "

True...I will agree that things like that come alot more natural when you grow up with a mother that shows you how to properly parent a child.

7 blessings so far.... Due February 3; 6 kids; Glen Burnie, Maryland 8799 posts
2nd Sep '12

17yrs ago when i was 16 & pregnant w/my first......the gov only offered childcare vouchers for while u were at work , not school. I had to work part time afterschool to pay for childcare while i attended school. My mom would watch DD while i worked & i would watch my siblings on the weekend so my parents got a break :) I didnt qualify for any government assistance beside medicaid , since i lived w/my parents.....my school did offer 8wks homeschooling for maternity leave and offered once aweek parenting classes that were both very helpful. I attended vocational school and highschool at the same time....my cosmetology teacher was wonderful & if i needed to make up hours after school she would let my DD come w/me so i would have to pay extra daycare. When needed i utilized local baby pantries @ churches and pregnancy centers ( for diapers, wipes, baby clothes)