Parenting Information and Resources
If you choose to become a parent, you are responsible for raising your child. Louisiana provides some programs that help support you as a parent and provide for your child:
You can also get child support from the baby’s father. This includes both fathers who decide to help raise the child and fathers who do not want to be involved. You can find more information on how to get child support at the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Child Support site.
If you find that you cannot handle the task of parenting, Louisiana provides a Safe Haven Law.
If your baby is under 60 days old, this law allows you to leave your baby at a designated safe location and not return. Your baby will be taken care of and you will not face any legal penalty. Safe places include hospitals, emergency clinics and fire stations.
There are also other groups that will provide help and support for you as a teen parent:
Teen Parents: contains comprehensive fact sheets for teen parents including information on welfare, emancipation, and consent requirements for medical treatment, but not abortion. This is a national site so not all the laws are the same for Louisiana.
Yo Soy: national campaign to end the stigma and silence around sex education, birth control, abortion & young parenting within the Latina/o community.