Poverty

Pregnant teens are more likely to drop out of high school, and often must do so to find employment to support themselves and their babies. Because they haven’t finished their education, teen moms are forced to take low paying jobs, and many live in poverty and rely on public assistance programs. An investment in teen pregnancy prevention will ultimately have a ripple effect on multiple social issues in addition to saving taxpayers millions.

Almost 1/2 of all teen mothers began receiving welfare within five years of the birth of their first child.

Over half (52%) of all mothers on welfare had their first child as a teenager.

Nearly 80% of fathers do not marry the teen mother of their child and pay less than $800 annually in child support.

Preventing teen pregnancy is an effective and efficient way to reduce poverty and improve overall child and family well being in Oklahoma.

Linking Poverty to Maternal Risk Factors

The chances of a child growing up in poverty if:

If all three of these factors are present, a child’s chance of growing up in poverty is 9 times greater than if none of these things happen.