Caring For Your Baby

Pregnant and Parenting Teens
4. Your Rights As A Parent In Foster Care


Caring For Your Baby

If you decide to parent, it is important for you to know that minors who are parents can make all health care decisions for themselves on their own, not just those relating to sexual health services. They can also make all health care decisions for their child(ren) on their own.

Before you can make decisions about your care and your baby's care, the doctor still has to determine that you understand (1) the condition(s) for which you or your baby need treatment, (2) the available treatments for the condition(s), and (3) the risks and benefits of the available treatments. But as long as you understand these things, you are the one who can make medical decisions for yourself and your baby - not your caseworker, your parent, or your foster parent, and you can control who else has access to your medical information and your baby's.

Your baby will automatically be enrolled in Medicaid; use your baby's Medicaid number at her pediatrician and other medical visits.