Call to Action: 10 Ways to Address Teen Pregnancy Prevention Among Youth in Foster Care.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Published: March 2016
This report explains that despite historic declines in teen pregnancy in the United States, teens in foster care experience disproportionately high rates of teen pregnancy and childbearing compared to their peers. It then draws on the expertise of more than 100 professionals, researchers, and former foster youth to address teen pregnancy among youth in foster care. Ten key ways that funders, decision makers, child welfare leaders, and others who are interested in improving the health and well-being of youth in foster care can begin to make progress on reducing teen pregnancy among youth in foster care are identified. Strategies include: authentically engage youth in solutions, integrate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention into existing child welfare programs for youth and adults, integrate data collection and analysis on pregnant and parenting youth in care into current child welfare case management systems, use data to inform local and State policy and practice and build a case for supporting pregnancy prevention services, convene local and State experts on how best to put unplanned pregnancy prevention policies into practice, develop new evidence-based programs focused on youth in foster care that are trauma-informed, ensure that each youth in foster care has a trusted adult in their life who is able to talk to them about reproductive and sexual health, work across systems to integrate and provide teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention services, address policy gaps at the federal, State, and local level, and create new programs and services for young adults and parenting youth in foster care that focus on reproductive health.
foster adolescents; sexuality; adolescent pregnancy; adolescent pregnancy prevention; adolescent parents; state programs; youth services; youth engagement; trauma informed practice; child health; sex education