Heartbreak and hardship fill the days of the 18-year-old mother, Clarissa Bullington. After the birth of her daughter Cova, Bullington had a falling out with her parents and now moves house to house living with friends. Although working at a fast-food restaurant, it's tough to make ends meet and affordable daycare is hard to find. Cova's father pops into and out of their lives at random.
The United States has the highest teen pregnancy and birth rate in the industrialized world. Kentucky is above the national average. Teen mothers are more likely to drop out of school, remain unmarried, and live in poverty; their children are more likely to be born at a low birth weight, grow up poor and enter the child welfare system.
Bullington works hard and loves Cova but knows her situation is precarious and she struggles with doubt, "I feel like I'm not doing the best I can as her mom. I can't give her a nice house and everything she needs."