Teen Mother Choices
The Problem...Today in America, 761 babies are born each day to teen mothers (227,765 per year). In 2014, the number of teen births in Indiana was 6,218 (http://stats.indiana.edu/vitals/). In Franklin County, the number of teen births was 21. The cost to Indiana residents in 2010 was $270 million. Teen mothers are likely to have a second child within 24 months of the first child. 70% of teen mothers will have recurring pregnancies unless there is intervention. 62% of teen moms will drop out of school before completing high school, and less than 2% complete college by the age of 30. 80% will spend at least part of their life dependent on welfare. Welfare becomes a never-ending cycle that will be passed on from generation to generation.
Our Mission...To demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to teenage mothers and their children while equipping and empowering them to become independent, functioning members of our community. "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God..." 1 John 4:7
What We Do...Teen Mother Choices at Batesville Deanery's passion and purpose is to EQUIP, EMPOWER and IMPACT the lives of the teen moms and their children in the area. We believe that without intervention, the teen moms will not be able to break generational cycles that in-turn allow them to fall prey to the welfare system. We believe they need to be encouraged to set and reach goals that will propel them to move forward and be successful. We believe we must surround her with the love of Christ. "...in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40
The Solution...Trained and licensed by Teen Mother Choices International (TMC). TMC programs have been in existence since 1989. Teen Mother Choices at Batesville Deanery serve teen moms between the ages of 13 through 23, who have already given birth and are now parenting. The Batesville Deanery would like to support these young women who chose life! We demonstrate the love of Christ with grace, truth, and accountability. We provide each teen mother with a Christian Mentor. We empower teen mothers to become independent, functioning members of our community and stay off government assistance. Weekly Lifeskills Workshops are based on Biblical principles including Parenting Skills, Monthly Budgeting, Job Skills, Goal Setting, Education Guidance and many more. Teen Mother Choices at Batesville Deanery supplement the cost of childcare to empower the teen mothers to complete their education and/or work fulltime. Teen mothers will commit to delay further pregnancies while learning the God-given dignity of a woman. In turn, the teen mothers break strongholds and generational cycles that will impact both the lives of the teen mothers and their children. "...your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16
Get Involved..."The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ." 1 Corinthians 12:12
PRAY! Pray for God to plant a seed in the teen mom's heart so that they are open to change. Pray for the teen mothers and their child(ren). Pray for the volunteers.
TIME! Tell others about the Teen Mother Choices at Batesville Deanery.
TALENT! Many volunteer positions are available as it takes the body-of-Christ to serve the teen moms and their children in our area. Some of the volunteer opportunities are Mentors, Lifeskills Workshop Speakers, Special Event Workers, Childcare team during Lifeskills Workshops, photographer and many more. Volunteer Application Packet
TREASURE! Invest today, impact lives tomorrow! Your investment will allow each of our teen moms to succeed by assisting with childcare costs in order to continue her education and/or work fulltime. You can send a check to the address below.
Lyn Weidner, RN
Teen Mother Choices at the Batesville Deanery
273 Main St., Brookville, IN 47012