Salem couple on teen pregnancy show
AT A GLANCE
When: 10 p.m.
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
A Mahoning Valley couple will be part of the reality-TV show “Unexpected,” which follows the lives of five teenage couples from pregnancy to parenthood.
Caelan Morrison, 19, and McKayla Adkins,18, both of Salem, will appear on the show, which will be begin its second season tonight at 10 p.m. on TLC. They had a baby boy, Timothy James Allen, who recently turned 1.
Morrison and Adkins are returning from season one and will be shown facing and embracing their new roles as parents. Both are Salem High School graduates, Morrison in 2017 and Adkins in May.
“Unexpected” looks in on the teen couples and their families as they navigate the challenges of their situation and take on additional responsibilities.
Viewers will get a firsthand look at the hurdles that all five families encounter while raising not only their teenagers, but their grandchildren – and great-grandchildren – as well. As older family members step in to help the teens, roles are blurred, tensions mount and relationships become strained.
In tonight’s episode, Adkins decides to take her young child and move out of her grandparents’ house.
Morrison, who is employed at J and J Fence in New Waterford, said he hopes the show will be helpful to other teen couples who are going through the same ordeal.
“It’s something that happened and we thought we could show other teens how it is to be a teen parent – what they are going to go through,” he said. “It shows that it’s hard, but at the same time, you can do it.”
Morrison said it was a bit nerve wracking when he was first informed that he and Adkins were selected to be on the show, but in time they got used to it.
“They filmed us at our families’ houses, having dinner, doing simple everyday things,” he said. “Overall I enjoyed it a lot. It was tough getting used to it, but once they started filming, and we got more comfortable with everybody [in the film crew], it was great.”
Morrison went to a technical school where he learned to do auto body work, but for now he is focused on being a good father.
“I have a good job now, and I’m trying to keep at it,” he said.
Adkins is planning to go to college in the future, he added.
TLC is partnering with Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, to help viewers use “Unexpected” to spark conversations about unplanned pregnancies. For information, tips and conversation-starters, go to TLC.com/FamilyResources.