Long Island has a high incidence of teenage pregnancy. Birthright of Nassau/Suffolk, in counseling crisis pregnancies for nearly twenty years, noted an alarming fact: Many young pregnant women, unwilling to part with their children through adoption placement, had no place to which they could bring their baby home to.

Some of the young mothers were homeless-- living in cars, sacking out in dives, surviving in temporary situations. A few had been homeless for a long time, while others had been thrown out of their home when their parents learned they were pregnant.

Many other young mothers lived with parents who would not let them return with a baby, or the young mothers were part of dysfunctional homes considered dangerous for an infant. The infants of all these young mothers in crisis often became victims of child abuse and neglect. Moreover, the young mothers themselves would become isolated and hopeless, trapped into a life of dependency upon public assistance.

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