Adela’s parents can make her leave home because she is pregnant, but the law says her parents must find a safe place for her to live. It does not matter if you are pregnant or parenting. Your parents must provide you with a safe place to live (such as a friend or relative’s home; a home for pregnant girls; a boarding school; or a treatment center or group home) if you are under 18, not married and not legally emancipated.
If her mom doesn’t find her a safe place to stay, Adela can contact the California Coalition for Youth crisis hotline (1-800-843-5200) or visit its website for information about emergency shelters. She can also call the police for help.
- living with your parents,
- living on your own,
- where you can live while you are pregnant,
- where you can live after you have a baby, and
- how to get help to pay for housing.
When you are pregnant or have a child, finding a safe, happy place to live may be tough. Remember that there are people and programs that can help you.