Children’s Hospital Program Helps Teen Moms Get Back on Feet

Back in 1986, Audruin Pittman, was a frightened, pregnant 15-year-old with no place to turn. “I ran away from home to a friend’s house without telling my parents,” says Pittman, now 46. “I had two diapers and a stuffed animal and I figured that was all I would need.”

Eluding discovery for three months, she eventually returned home to her worried family and gave birth to a baby boy after her 16th birthday. When school started that year, she was directed to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and its fledgling Project NATEEN, a teen pregnancy case management program for young parents which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

“I can’t imagine I would be here today without Project NATEEN,” Pittman says. “I couldn’t get a job, I couldn’t drive and I didn’t know how I was going to finish school. At NATEEN, they showed me the way.”

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