Eileen, I don't think your comments could ever be taken as offensive or rude. Frankly i think you are right on target. Some kind of manditory training should be provided in cases where the family cannot or will not get involved. We make kids take classes before they can operate an ATV, don't we? Classes are offered for gun safety and drivers safety, why not the most precious and risky responsibility of caring for an infant?

You mention that you had a baby at 19, well there are a whole lot of changes that take place between 15 and 19. I will never be convinced that any 15 yr old is capable of the maturity that is needed to raise an infant. Even between 15 and 17 there is a world of difference in the thought process and ability of a young girl. Again i just have to ask where are the medical professionals and caseworkers in this situation???