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Parenting

OPTION: Parenting
You decide to carry the pregnancy to term and raise the child
 
Legal Rights

    • Under Illinois law pregnant teens are able to consent (give permission) to medical care throughout their pregnancy.
    • You can make medical decisions for yourself and for your baby once the baby is born.
    • While you can choose to go to a school specifically designed for pregnant teens, you have the right to continue to stay at your current school if you wish.
    • Once the baby is born, you have full parental rights for your child.

No one can force you to have an abortion or place the baby up for adoption.
 
Support

Becoming a parent and raising a child as a teen requires a lot of support and can be very expensive. If you’re thinking about parenting, there are a number of state programs and free and low cost resources available to you:

Additional Information

Visit dhs.state.il.us for information on:

    • How to access the support listed above.
    • Pregnancy and parenting resources.