Fostering Healthy Texas Lives: Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Foster Care and Support Teen Parents in Foster Care.
Texans Care for Children. Simmons Foundation.
iii, 33 p.
Published: April 2018
Texans Care for Children
811 Trinity, Suite A
Austin, TX 78701
This report states efforts by Texas to address unintended pregnancy and support teen parents in foster care are inadequate and Texas is falling short of fulfilling its responsibility to these children. Findings from an investigation into teen pregnancy and parenting among youth in foster care are shared. Information was collected through a review of publicly available data, current programs and practices, and surveys, interviews, and focus groups with youth who were previously in foster care in Texas and with providers who work with youth (including health professionals, child placing agencies, and foster parents). Findings indicate: youth in Texas foster care and young people who were formerly in foster care have a high risk of early pregnancy; the pregnancy rate for girls ages 13-17 in Texas foster care was almost five times higher than the rate for other Texas girls in that age group; and more than half of teen girls who age out of care or extend their time in care will become pregnant before they turn 20. Reasons for high pregnancy rates among youth in foster care are explored, as well as the benefits of addressing teen pregnancy in foster care. Key strategies for addressing teen pregnancy and supporting young parents in foster care are discussed, including prevention through education on healthy relationships; access to health services, both to prevent teen pregnancy and to ensure healthier pregnancies and babies; and supporting and coaching pregnant and parenting. 128 references.
TEXAS; FOSTER ADOLESCENTS; FOSTER CARE ALUMNI; ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY; ADOLESCENT PARENTS; ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY PREVENTION; PREGNANCY COUNSELING; TEENAGE MOTHERS; BIRTH CONTROL; PRENATAL CARE