“Make no mistake about it, my show is not a platform in support of teenage pregnancy,” Antonia "Toya" Carter, who became pregnant at the age of 14, says of her reality show Toya: A Family Affair. “It’s simply a window view into my life and is centered on restoring family,” she says. “Different people relate to different issues that they’ve seen on my show. My basic message is ‘it may not be our fault that we fall, but it’s our responsibility to get back up.’”
Toya says that her tough upbringing-her mom was addicted to drugs and her dad was incarcerated for much of her childhood- has made her want to be a better person "because I have a determination to be the change that I want to see in both the relationships with my daughter and my mother, I’m motivated to love them unconditionally. My mom needs me just as I need her. It hasn’t changed me, it guides me...."