Becoming a Parent
Some parents can provide
- financial support,
- health insurance for the child, and/or
- part of their Social Security, workers’ compensation, life insurance, or other benefits.
Usually only biological or adoptive parents have rights and responsibilities to their children. But sometimes courts recognize other people as “presumed” or “psychological” parents.
No. If you are under 18, the law says you are still a child.
Learning about parenting helps all parents. And there are resources in your community for teens who are pregnant or have a child.
If you are not married when the baby is born, the father is not legally recognized as the legal father, unless the mother or father asks a court to declare him the father or the father takes steps to claim and care for the child.
Parents who do not agree on important decisions in the child’s life can talk to a counselor who may help you make an agreement.