I have continued to give to AFAM because of what AFAM stood for and its mission statement. People need help and when you come across a charity that touches your heart, you give as you would expect others to if the tables were turned.
W. Deigh, Donor


Research shows that many young women who become pregnant as adolescents had very turbulent childhoods. Teen mothers are more likely to have witnessed domestic violence; experienced parental separation or divorce; and have a family history of incarceration, substance abuse, and mental illness.

60 percent of teen moms were victims of child sexual abuse.

Life for these young women become even more complex after becoming pregnant and their children can suffer negative outcomes. Children of teen parents are more likely to end up in foster care, repeat a grade in school, experience adolescent childbearing, homelessness, juvenile delinquency and incarceration.

Children born to unmarried teen moms with no high school diploma are 10 times more likely to live in poverty.

This data illustrates the perpetual cycle of poverty among families headed by young mothers and signifies the importance of Advocates for Adolescent Mothers’ antipoverty mission. Ignoring and/or ostracizing young mothers and their children is detrimental to communities and society as a whole.

Without effective intervention, families headed by young mothers are likely to live lives plagued by repeated cycles of poverty, teen pregnancy, child abuse, mental health disorders, and other social ills, for multiple generations.

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers has a tactical approach for assisting young parents to break the poverty cycle and preventing child abuse. With your support, we can produce positive and enduring changes for 2 generations of at-risk youth. AFAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which means your financial contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Won’t you help support our vision and mission?

Donate online or by mailing a check or money order to:

Advocates for Adolescent Mothers
P.O. BOX 43234
Chicago, IL 60643 - 0234


Love is the most powerful form of intervention. ~ Lillian S. Harris