Options Counseling for Pregnant Teenagers

Source: ETR Associates

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This overview describes how educators, counselors, and health care providers can help young women make informed decisions about their options once they know they are pregnant. It reviews key points and issues to help professionals who interact with sexually active teenagers provide immediate support and, if needed, additional referrals. This covers the goals of pregnancy options counseling, a brief review of the counselor's role, and information and counseling points that address each of three options a pregnant teenager faces: continuing the pregnancy and raising the child herself, continuing the pregnancy and placing the child for adoption, and terminating the pregnancy. A list of resources is included at the end.

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