Program Closes, Teen Moms Concerned

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - With teen pregnancy rates in Curry County among the highest in the state, resources for young moms in Clovis are becoming even more limited.
After 15 years of helping young moms, the Teen Parent Program in Clovis is being forced to shut its' doors. The program is run by the Eastern Plains Council of Government and is funded by state and federal agencies, which can no longer afford to provide the support.

The Teen Parent Program has taught dozens of young moms and dads all about child care and requires them to be enrolled in school in order to stay in the program. 19-year-old Brittany Barrows joined the program before she gave birth to her now, almost two year old son, Zaide.

She says she had never had any experience with kids and doesn't know what she would have done without the parenting classes. Barrows says, "I wouldn't take him back for the world, but I would let other people know you should wait to have children because they are a big responsibility. You have to give up your social life. You have to make a lot of sacrifices. I mean, you aren't just your own person anymore. You're not just you. You have someone else's life you have to be responsible for."

Barrows says she is sad to see the program go. While there are other facilities in the area that can help with teen pregnancy, she says this one is the most extensive. The Teen Parent Program will officially close its doors tomorrow and everyone involved hopes it will come back, and soon.