ERIC Number: ED303755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Adoption Issues, Trends and Networking.
Pierce, William L.
Teenage women with unplanned pregnancies constitute one of America's greatest challenges in terms of providing good services and sound counseling on options. Only about 7% of teenagers having babies make alternate childrearing plans either through formal adoption or informally with members of their families. The emphasis on making teenagers good parents may short-circuit the decision-making process and may inadvertently push teenagers, who may not be willing or able, into parenting. Schools can provide positive information about adoption. Agencies should look at their policies and the services which are offered to pregnant teenagers to determine whether they may be subtly encouraging single parenting over adoption. Adoption practices have changed in attempts to correct what may have been mistakes in the past. There is a trend in good adoption agencies to provide more post-adoption services to all members of the adoption circle. Networking between adoption agencies and non-adoption providers of service, particularly schools, health clinics, and family planning providers, can benefit young women. In order to provide the best services possible to meet the needs of pregnant teenagers, their male partners, their babies, and their families, every agency in the community needs to work together. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Adoption, Inc., Washington, DC.