The Real Costs of Teen Motherhood
This program, presented as part of the Thursday's Child series of public policy forums sponsored by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and the Urban Institute, analyzed the complexities of enacting effective school-readiness policies and programs.
Panelists will discuss the effects teen childbearing has on the life trajectories of the mother and child, the costs to government agencies aiding teens' children, and the increased risks these children face, including maltreatment, being placed into foster care, and incarceration. Private and public programs that reduce teen pregnancy, help teen mothers avoid bearing a second child, and change teen behavior will be explored.
Speakers include Sarah Brown, director, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; Robert Goerge, research fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago; Saul Hoffman, professor and chair, Department of Economics, University of Delaware, and editor of Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy; Pat Mosena, director, Illinois Subsequent Pregnancy Project, and president, Options for Youth; with moderator Matthew Stagner, executive director, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.
Recorded Thursday, October 23, 2008 at University of Chicago Gleacher Center.