School-Linked Services for Adolescent Parents and their Children
We know that if we keep
teen parents in school, we will be able to break the cycle
Ensuring funding for school-linked services for adolescent parents and their children.
Funding will enable the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning to expand critical grant support to Minnesota school districts to ensure
for teen parents:
for their children:
Current Adolescent Parent Grant Program
Adolescent parents and their children face high risks
Research indicates that 70% of teen mothers drop out of high school, and only 30% earn a high school diploma by age 30, compared with 76% of women who delay childbearing until age 20 or 21. However, if the adolescent mothers stay in school, they are almost as likely to graduate (73%) as women who do not become mothers while in high school (76%).
Teen fathers are also at high risk of lower educational achievement. In the United States, only 39% of teen fathers received high school certification by age 20 compared with 86% of male teens who did not father a child.
Teen parents with low educational attainment are likely to have a more difficult time finding a stable job that pays a livable wage. While few teen parents receive welfare benefits initially, more than 50% of families on AFDC in Minnesota in 1996 began with a birth to a teen.
The children of teen parents are more likely than children of older mothers to have health and cognitive disadvantages, to be abused, neglected, and/ or placed in foster care. The daughters of adolescent mothers are more likely to become adolescent mothers and the sons are at higher risk of becoming incarcerated.
Why funding is needed
While the cost of providing early and comprehensive services to adolescent parents is significant, the future costs of not providing these services is likely to be even higher. Nationally, the federal government spends an estimated $34 billion each year on families begun by teenagers. One national study estimates that teen childbearing alone costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $7 billion annually for social services and lost tax revenues.
Help invest in a better, brighter future for two generations of todays children in Minnesota.