• September 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 8

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Teen Parents in Foster Care

The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) published a new information packet that addresses the significant challenges and particular needs of pregnant and parenting teens in foster care. According to the packet, youth in foster care, due to particular risk factors, have high rates of early pregnancy as compared to youth not in care. These teens go on to face challenges when transitioning out of care such as finding adequate child care, completing their education, and finding jobs. The teens' own children are more likely to enter foster care or have multiple care placements.

The information packet provides a section on facts and statistics that illustrate the issues, risk factors, and outcomes for teens in foster care related to early sexual activity and pregnancy. The packet also reviews promising programs that employ multidisciplinary approaches and early prevention efforts to provide support and services for teens in care, legislation and initiatives, and a list of websites and resources.

To access Information Packet: Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care: Prevention Efforts and Supportive Services to Meet the Needs of Youth in Care, visit the NRCPFC website:

http://www.nrcpfc.org/is/downloads/info_packets/Pregnant&Parenting_Benedict&Bercun.pdf (829 KB)

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