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For parents to respect children's rights to have some little
corner of the room, for their possessions. And it's not easy, when
you don't have enough room.
Back to the family here -- this is not an extraneous issue. Part
of this problem of course is that they just don't have the space
at home too, isn't it? Do you get involved in family planning and
birth control to any extent, as an offshoot?
We get involved in referrals, yes. There is a family planning
center on 125th St. which is what we use, and we encourage families
to use that center. More recently, we have been encouraging our adolescent
girls to use that center. Yes.
You have had a premarital pregnancy problem with some of the
older girls who come here?
Well, we have been working with large groups of adolescent
girls, and many of them have children.
Already have children?
Already have children, yes, when they come. Or many of them
have children after they get here. And we've encouraged them to go to
family planning, and we've even had group discussions about family
planning with adolescent girls.
How young do you bring them in, or does it depend on apparent need?
You mean do we bring them in here?
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