Teen Can't Prove She's an American Citizen Because of Home Birth

alecia faith penningtonLiving a simpler life with limited outside influence may seem like a pleasant choice. That is, until it's finally time to integrate back into the real world. And that's exactly the hard lesson Alecia Faith Pennington learned when she realized she can't prove her American citizenship because her parents never filed a birth certificate.


Pennington, who is now 19 years old, was born at her home in Texas. She was then home schooled all throughout childhood.

Recently, she has looked into getting a driver's license but learned she can't. Why? She can't prove she's a US citizen because her parents never registered her at birth or filed for a Social Security number. She has no school records and has never been to a hospital, hence no medical records. In the eyes of the government, she doesn't exist.

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She can't get a job, go to college, get a bank account, or vote. And her parents have refused to help.

So she's looking to the Internet for guidance. Pennington posted a video to YouTube, asking for any suggestions:

In it, she says:

I didn't pick this situation for myself. I just have to deal with the consequences and I don't know how to fix it. I don't know how to get out of this.

I want to travel. I want to get an education. I want to just be a functioning American. But I can't until I can have citizenship.

Raising your kids off the grid may seem like a great idea and all. But you do have to realize they're going to have to grow up sometime, leave the home, and eventually join the real world.

That's something to consider.

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Now, this could be a fake video (there has been no official confirmation of the story other than Pennington's short clip), but the lesson still stands. Choosing an isolated life for your family may seem like a great choice at the time, but there are real-life consequences to take into account. There will come a time to face them, and let's hope that it's not too late.

What do you think of Pennington's situation?


Image via Alecia Pennington/YouTube

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