Jenelle Evans: Handing Over My Son Was The Right Thing To Do

It’s been a tough year for 19-year-old Jenelle Evans, but eight months after handing her son Jace over to his grandmother, the Teen Mom 2 star knows it was the right thing to do.

“When he is older, I will tell him I was really young and I couldn’t put a roof over my own head, let alone his,” she tells Us Weekly.

Jenelle and her mother, Barbara Evans – whose tense relationship was made all too evident on the show – are now working together to raise 1-year-old Jace. Barbara cares for her grandson after working full-time at a department store, while Jenelle is taking film-studies classes at a local community college.

Though the young mother craves custody of her son, she realizes that at this point in her life she just isn’t ready:

Once I get a job, save money and have my own place for three months, then I’ll bring my mom to court.

Her mother says she is happy with the custody arrangement for now: “Jace wasn’t asked to be born,” says Barbara, 57. “Somebody has to take care of him, and it’s going to be me. I don’t resent it. I love him to death.”

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Janna
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“When he is older, I will tell him I was really young and I couldn’t put a roof over my own head, let alone his,”

…… Not really. It’s more like she WOULDN’T do it or didn’t WANT to do it, not COULDN’T do it.

The only good part of her storyline is that it’s good for people to see that it’s not always the Dad that’s the deadbeat. Sometimes the Mom can’t get her act together and “man up”.

Anonymous
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I doubt she could of put a roof over their heads…after all she was underage and it’s extremely hard a high school grad just out of high school to get a job and make enough money to support not only yourself but also a kids. Which is exactly why there shouldn’t be young parents because DUH you can’t support them. Both the mom and dad are wayyyyyyyyy to young to be parents they are still kids themlseves! they’re still learning about life! It’s so sad when boys and girls just think about sex and end up bringing another innoncent life,… Read more »
Anonymous
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Exactly, she can tell him all she wants to when he’s older but he can actually go back and watch and see how she put partying and her boyfriend before him. She is an idiot. Poor Jace!

Shirelle
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I don’t think she should have given Jace to her mother. Because 1 her mothers CRAZY and I swear she thinks Jace is her child and not her grandchild. She should have kept that child herself or gave him up for adoption.

JMO
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Jenelle’s mother is just as much of a wack job as Jenelle is! I’m not sticking up for Jenelle but the mother does nothing but bash criticize her and talk down to her. She acts like she birthed Jace! That being said the whole show is staged left to right! I watch it bc it’s my guilty pleasure but the only thing real about this show is the fact these girls do have babies! Everything else I’m pretty confident MTV stages each and every scene and drama that goes on (minus Leah’s daughters health issues). I still don’t think the… Read more »
Anonymous
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I noticed this week that Kieffer had no facial hair at the beginning of the episode, but he did have it for the rest of the show. It was perplexing.

Anonymous
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I agree with the people who point out how bad of an influence Jenelle’s mom is. I really think any of Jenelle’s issues stem from the poor parenting Barbara has given her. I don’t know why Barbara is like that, maybe HER parents sucked, but Barbara is definitely the root of Jenelle’s problems. Also, I was adopted, and adoption is not necessarily the right answer, either. Adoptive parents can be just as bad/clueless about how to raise a kid as biological parents. And, with completely different sets of genes, there is a possibility that there will be absolutely no common… Read more »
Anonymous
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I was a teen mom, had my first son five days before I turned 18. I was blessed with loving, supportive parents that helped me to grow into the woman I am today. They did not put me down or make me feel like I couldn’t raise my child. I was the parent, they were the grandparents. I lived in their home until I was 19, and from there, I fully supported my child (later I had other children). When a teen faces pregnancy and motherhood, it makes a huge difference to have a supportive parental system behind them. It… Read more »
S.B.
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There are times when adoption is appropriate but the automatic “put the baby up for adoption so they’ll have a great life” has it’s limit. There are no guarantees either way, but there are only certain types of babies people are looking to snatch up, not some unlimited pool of families waiting. There are many children (even babies) in the system who stay in the system for years or worse, are never adopted. At any rate, my mom was 19 when she had my oldest brother and had another a year after, she wasn’t rich but all three turned out… Read more »
S.B.
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Oh and the sister is on my dad’s side, I’m waiting until I’m settled down for all of that!

JMO
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remember it’s also tv. So we don’t see what goes on behind the camera’s. And we didn’t see how Barbara raised Jenelle prior to Jace coming along. She seems loving to Jace but to me it sounds like she decided she wanted a second chance with Jace over worrying about her daughter. I always take what appears on this show with a grain of salt. Kailyn’s mother seems less then enthusiastic to be Isaac’s grandmother. Even though I wasn’t a teen mom it’s sad to think you don’t have support from your parents at any age. It’s hard to be… Read more »
mackenzie
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According to kailyn her mother wasn’t a caring mother toward her. Yet she still raise and loves Isaac she had two jobs and going to collage. Like I said before Janelle is lazy and selfish who choose her boyfriend and pot over jace.

Anonymous
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I think ANY female who gives up on their child whether its physical emotional or otherwise is not a mother. If you prefer to be with a man over your own child the child doesn’t need you. It always amazes me how selfish some women are! It takes more than opening up your legs to give birth or deliver via c-section to be a mother! Grow up jenelle and all others like you!

Lioness
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Jenelle’s mom is always criticizing her for not being a good mother/role model, but it’s like the pot calling the kettle black. When she’s steadily picking fights and screaming her head off at Jenelle, does she think Jace is closing his eyes and ears? She’s teaching him that the only way to resolve to things is to YELL AND YELL LOUDLY. And that’s only what we see- we don’t know what goes on off-camera. Jenelle is no angel, but it appears to me that she’s had a terrible example to follow. Neither of them are fit role models for Jace… Read more »
Tola
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I am glad MTV is showing this so other girls can see what some teens with babies go thru. Babies are hard work and you have to gve up so much of your personal life for a child. Most people as ADULTS are able and willing, but its just too much for most teens. I am glad she understands whatis BEST for her child. Its not ideal cause I really thing her and her Mom needs help. Her mom seems to bring a lot of the problems on but I see why she is so angrey. I hope at one… Read more »
Anonymous
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Next time keep your legs closed.

Anonymous
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It’s called, adoption. Why can’t people step outside themselves and realize what’s best for the baby BEFORE it’s born. There would have been a loving family out there for him. Barbara does alright I guess, but his life could be a whole lot better. What a selfish beotch!

Anonymous
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You’re so right! I was adopted and its sad how so many women out there can’t give birth to a child and this immature, selfish “mother” thinks that she can take care of him when she can’t. I don’t know why her mother didn’t even suggest that knowing her own child was a screw up and now she is the one taking care of him. Not that he even realizes yet, but there is a lot of drama in his life right now and he could be with a nice, loving family. Yea I am sure she cares about and… Read more »
mackenzie
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Janelle is just lazy and ungrateful. She cares more about her boyfriends and weed. I don’t see the mother and son bond with Janelle and Jace.

Anonymous
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The four wheeler was Jenelle’s present for Jace for this birthday. She took it over there to hide it until his birthday party. It wasn’t given to him until the actual party if you watched the show.

Anonymous
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okay I admit Janelle is not the best mother in the world but her mother was not the best role model either !!! Never once did I see on that show were her mother showed her what to do as mother or even give her a complement . So as the old Saying goes you learn from what you Know and this what Janelle has done , Her mother never gave her a chance to be the mother and took over right from the begin . So ask yourselves the ones that claim Janelle is Lazy and Selfish if you… Read more »
Anonymous
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True, but don’t you think if her mother took over and didn’t let her do much with Jace she would want and try to prove herself?

Anonymous
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okay i literally live 10 minutes from jenelle’s moms house and i say they BOTH need a trip to the mental hospital.

Anonymous
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How is the fact that you live near them relevant in any way??

AnonymousChick
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It is relevant because she probably sees some of what goes on..or atleast hears about it in her town…Dur!

Lioness
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I agree, and I don’t live close or know them at all- I’m only going off of what I’ve seen on the show.

Anonymous
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Has anyone ever considered that Janelle’s father did not abandon Janelle but was driven away by Barbara. Just watch how possessive she is of Jace and how she emotionally batters Jenelle everytime she comes to the house. I wish Jenelle would realize this and go see her dad. I believe her mother brainwashed Janelle regarding her dad and will do the same with Jace as gets older. Her relationship with her mom is unhealthy, I’ll bet her dad would welcome her with open arms and this is a young woman who desperately needs a support system. Otherwise, I’m afraid we’ll… Read more »
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