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Teen Pregnancy and Parenting in Out-of-Home Care
Resources and information about preventing pregnancy among youth and providing services to pregnant and parenting teens in out-of-home care. Resources include State and local examples.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Presents resources to reduce first and subsequent teen pregnancy among youth in foster care. Resources address national and State statistics, programs, research, public service announcements, and more.
Advocacy for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care (PDF - 199 KB)
Healthy Teen Network & ABA Center on Children and the Law (2010)
Provide answers to some common questions practitioners face when advocating for pregnant and parenting teens. The questions address youth rights, custody, and foster parent maintenance payments.
Effective Planning for Child Welfare Leaders to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy (PDF - 371 KB)
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, American Public Human Services Association & National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2010)
Provides guidance to child welfare agency leaders and their teams about making decisions and developing effective programs for youth most likely to get pregnant and have children.
Fostering Hope: Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 795 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Youth Development (2005)
Quantitative research on the rates of teen pregnancy among foster care youth and findings from Chicago-area focus groups in which foster care youth and foster parents were asked about teen pregnancy.
Opportunities to Help Youth in Foster Care: Addressing Pregnancy Prevention in the Implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (PDF - 180 KB)
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (2009)
Discusses opportunities to address educational and health services, Title IV-E training funds, coordination between child welfare and Medicaid, and other ways to support pregnant and parenting teens in out-of-home care.
Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: Part I: A Guide to Service Improvements (PDF - 437 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2011)
Discusses what States are currently doing to serve pregnant and parenting youth in foster care and offers preliminary policy and program recommendations for child welfare administrators and workers working with these youth in foster care.
Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: Part II: A Guide on Effective Programs, Curricula and Other Resources (PDF - 406 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2011)
Provides a follow-up to Part 1 and offers resources for States interested in addressing the needs of pregnant and parenting youth in foster care by focusing on parenting and developmental supports and preparation for adulthood as a parent.
Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Marginalized Youth: Developing a Policy, Program, and Research Agenda for the Future (PDF - 624 KB)
Healthy Teen Network (2008)
Synthesizes findings from a year-long effort to explore how to better meet the needs of marginalized youth and subsequently reduce their risk for early pregnancy and parenting.
State and local examples
Guide to Working with Young Parents in Out of Home Care (PDF - 6,062 KB)
Fordham Interdisciplinary Parent Representation Project, NYC Administration for Children's Services (2012)
Offers suggestions for engaging young parents in conferencing and supportive services while highlighting the importance of maintaining a young parent's right to privacy and autonomy. Also see the Desk Guide (PDF - 1,331 KB).
Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth: Their Needs, Their Experiences
Dworsky & DeCoursey (2009)
Describes the results of a study of pregnant and parenting youth in foster care in Illinois. The report addresses administrative data, qualitative interviews with both youth and service providers, policy and practice implications, and future research.
Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care in Fresno County, California: Who Are They and How Can We Help? (PDF - 1700 KB)
Reviews the needs and challenges of pregnant and parenting teens in foster care in Fresno County, California, and recommends strategies for improving their resiliency and promoting their sexual and reproductive health.