• April 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 3

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Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) published a new two-part guide, Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care, to offer suggestions in the areas of both policy and practice. Part one, A Guide to Service Implementation, offers a set of policy recommendations for administrators and practitioners who work closely with pregnant and parenting youth in foster care. National experts were consulted when drafting this list of recommendations, and findings were taken from a yearlong project that examined what is currently working in States and Tribes. The recommendations align with goals of keeping pregnant and parenting youth and their children healthy, successful in school, and safe in their communities.

Part one is divided into five sections:

  • State Infrastructure for Service Delivery, Financing, Monitoring, and Accountability
  • Legal Rights, Placement and Permanency
  • Physical, Socio-Emotional Health and Well-Being
  • Education and Self-Sufficiency
  • Engagement of Fathers

Part two, A Guide on Effective Programs, Curricula and Other Resources, is geared toward jurisdictions working to help pregnant and parenting youth in foster care. This guide includes resources based on evidence-based programs, surveys, and phone interviews with those knowledgeable about existing supports for this vulnerable population. The guide includes more general resources for pregnant or parenting youth that may be applied to the foster care population.

Part two is composed of three sections:

  • Parenting Supports
  • Developmental Supports for Children and Parents, including Health Care and Trauma-Informed Supports
  • Preparation for Adulthood, including Education and Housing

Both guides are available on the CSSP website:

Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: Part I: A Guide to Service Implementation

http://www.cssp.org/publications/child-welfare/child-welfare-misc/Pregnant-and-Parenting-Youth-Service-Recommendations.pdf (415 KB)

Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: Part II: A Guide on Effective Programs, Curricula and Other Resources

http://www.cssp.org/publications/child-welfare/child-welfare-misc/Pregnant-and-Parenting-Youth-Resource-Guide.pdf (406 KB)

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