See Homeless and Poor Pregnant Teens Pose Shame-Free

Keri Vaca

Vaca’s mother is not alone. From family members and school faculty to reality shows like “16 and Pregnant” and shaming billboards from the Candie’s Foundation, pregnant teens and young parents are constantly told that they are screw-ups and that their children are burdens, robbing their lives and taxpayer money – surely not something that should be ceremonialized with baby showers or photo shoots.

The discrimination and shame pregnant teens face only increase for those without a place to call home. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved found that while expecting teens, including both mothers and fathers, want to parent their child and believe that they can, the majority lose custody of their newborns.

Keri Vaca