If your a teen mom, will you lose your child?

Question by Leo Maniac: If your a teen mom, will you lose your child?
If you have a child as a teen in America, will CPS be more involved? What if you have a history of mental illness? I have munchausen syndrome and when I was in 7th grade, faked having bipolar disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts. I do NOT have bipolar disorder, depression or suicidal thoughts and I never did have them, but its on my medical record because I faked them successfully. Although I have munchausen syndrome, I am 100% dedicated to keeping my child SAFE. I WILL NOT harm my child or take them to the emergency room pretending they are sick. I want to TAKE CARE of my child, and that is why I want to seek psychological therapy to help me, and learn how to take care of my child, and I would also have someone keeping an eye on me, which would provide even more support and protection to my child. I am already afraid though that just being a mom so young is going to get my child taken away, but I am even more afraid that getting help, (thinking I am doing the RESPONSIBLE and MATURE thing) is going to be an immediate sentence for my child to foster care. I have no doubt that I will be able to take care of, protect and provide for my child, but I want to get help for myself too.

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Answer by JJWJ
from a former male schoolteacher …

Hope you get helpful answers from females, too.

Let me just mention something that many girls your age do in a situation like this. I encourage you to talk to several girls you know about this alternate action as, in the future, it can be much better for you and for the child you are carrying.

About one in every six married couples goes childless and this is not a choice they are making. Many of those couples go to an office and sign sheets wanting to adopt a baby. For every ten of these couples, there are three girls who are pregnant for whom now is not the time to have a child to raise. (Many of those couples end up flying to Japan or France to find a child to adopt.)

Those other girls in the first paragraph will say: “If I was unable to have children, then I would want another woman to let me adopt one of her children. Women need to help one another. And by finishing school and becoming married, I will be able to be a better mother to my future children.”

Contact a local hospital or a person who could assist you in finding a good office to visit regarding this issue.

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