By Roz Brown, Public News Service – NM
Sept. 27, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Young adult or teenage parents face many of the same challenges as older parents, and a new report examines the significant hurdles that stand in their way without adequate support.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation research says New Mexico’s 33,000 young parents often find it difficult to support their children and fulfill their own potential.
It says many families headed by people ages 18 to 24 live in poverty.
Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children, says the 50-state report shows the national average of young parents is 10 percent, but in New Mexico, it’s 16 percent.
“Those young people are facing the same challenges that all young people are facing, things like finishing high school or maybe going into college, getting their first jobs, learning how to manage money and increase their earning potential,” she points out.
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