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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — According to the Tippecanoe County Health Department, 205 girls between the ages of 11 and 19 had a baby last year.
While News 18 was unable to speak with those mothers to document their experiences, we were able to visit with the organizers of a few local programs who also help these young parents.
“We offer a different alternative and the student has to want to come,” Elston Alternative Program lead alternative instructor Deb DeLion said. “They have to meet the guidelines; they have to want to graduate.”
When it comes to teen pregnancy or teen parents, the Tippecanoe School Corporation offers a couple of options.
While students are welcome to attend classes as normal, sometimes it can be too much. That’s where the alternative program comes into play.
“I make it work for what works for these kids because they’re here because the traditional school does not work,” DeLion added.
She said the program allows one-on-one education that gives the students flexibility and allows for whatever life throws at them.
“They need flexibility with doctor appointments — days…

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