Haltom Helping Teens Get 'A Step Ahead' in Shelby County - Articles

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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Apr 2, 2012

Memphis lawyer and retired Juvenile Court Judge Claudia Haltom has started a program to help Shelby County teens keep from getting pregnant before they are ready. In her new role as president and CEO of A Step Ahead Foundation, Haltom is finding ways to get free, long-term but reversible birth control for any young woman who wants it. Birth control can be provided for $267 a year, she says, but an average teenage birth costs Shelby County residents $4,688, not to mention the first three years of child-rearing costs which could cost more than $30,000 in indigent care paid for by taxpayers. The effort is “the most family friendly thing I can think of," she says. The Commercial Appeal has the story