June 2015Vol. 16, No. 5Website on Preventing Teen Pregnancy
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization offering information, tools, and support for State legislatures, developed a webpage addressing teen pregnancy and pregnancy prevention. The website discusses topics such as the impact of teen pregnancy on the educational achievement and economic well-being of youth, and it includes information specifically on pregnancy among youth in foster care.
While teen pregnancy rates have declined across the nation, statistics confirm that youth in foster care have higher rates of pregnancy than youth in the general population. In fact, girls in foster care at age 19 have pregnancy rates more than two times higher than youth who are not in care. The webpage discusses how teen pregnancy creates significant barriers for youth across many realms. For youth in foster care, pregnancy generates challenges and additional costs for the system as a whole.
The webpage also addresses Federal funding of teen pregnancy education and prevention programs, such as the following:
- The Personal Responsibility Education Program, administered by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
- Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, administered by the Office of Adolescent Health
To read more about teen pregnancy, statistical data, and State-specific information, visit NCSL's Teen Pregnancy Prevention webpage at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/teen-pregnancy-prevention.aspx.