The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the industrialized world.
- Teen pregnancy costs the United States over $7 billion annually.
- Nearly 80% of the fathers of babies born to teen mothers do not marry their babies’ mothers. On average, these absent fathers pay less than $800 annually for child support.
- 2010…17,332 births to teens aged 15-19 (477 of those were in Lee County)
- 2008…21,509 births to teens aged 15-19 (776 of those were in Lee County)
- 2007…25,688 births to teens aged 15-19 (887 of those were in Lee County)
Less than 1/3 of teens who become pregnant before age 18 complete high school. This leaves them unprepared for the job market and more likely to raise their children in poverty.
Babies born to teens are at an increased risk of low birth weight and the attending health problems; mental retardation, blindness, deafness, mental illness, cerebral palsy and infant death.
Girls born to teen mothers are 22% more likely to become mothers as teens themselves.
Sons of teen mothers are more likely to end up in jail.
The epidemic of teenage pregnancy has not only created a moral dilemma, but a socioeconomic crisis. We MUST turn things around. Future generations are counting on us!
Lifeline Family Center helps teen moms become God-dependent, self-supporting, contributing members of society.