Lori Wickelhaus


Fort Thomas, Kentucky


Cory Haskett (2009)


Aiden Benson (Son) with Cory



Lori Wickelhaus is a teenager from Fort Thomas, Kentucky who is pregnant and undecided about whether to keep the baby. Being adopted herself, she has some reservations as she does not want her son to go through the same things she did.

Throughout the episode, Lori is unsure what she wants to do and feels pressure from all sides: her parents are pressuring her to give the child up for adoption, while Cory (her ex-boyfriend and the baby's father) and her friends want her to keep the baby.

Cory invites Lori to move in with him so they can raise the child together, and her friends make plans to throw her a baby shower. Both of these plans are met with resistance by Lori's parents.

Lori and her mother meet with a couple named Brian and Jen, who have already adopted a son from one of Lori's friends.

At the last minute, the couple turns Lori away, stating that they do not feel she is committed to adoption and because they do not have time to prepare for a newborn.

Lori and her parents meet with another couple and the decision is made for them to adopt the baby. They agree on the name Aidan.

On December 16, 2009, Lori gives birth to son Aidan Elliot Benson. When she tells Cory that she plans to give Aidan up for adoption, he states that he does not want her to make that decision.

When Aidan is two days old, an adoption ceremony is held and Lori leaves the hospital.

Lori continues to see Aidan and his adoptive family on a regular basis. On October 22, 2013, she gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Rylynn Jo by her fiance Joey Amos.

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