Youth in foster care are at significant risk for teen pregnancy. A recent research brief published by the National Campaign indicates that teen girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to have been pregnant by age 19 than those not in foster care. Even so, foster youth have been largely overlooked in terms of teen pregnancy efforts.
The National Campaign has been working with partner organizations to highlight the connection between teen pregnancy and foster care. This focus on foster care youth has already helped spark new attention at the national, state, and local level to a population at very high risk of teen pregnancy and we hope that it will forge stronger partnerships between those working in the child welfare and teen pregnancy fields.
In support of this effort is, National Campaign has released brief, user-friendly guides that offer some ideas to help foster parents strengthen their relationships with foster youth and how best to communicate about sex, love, and relationships. It also has materials produced material for youth in foster care. Click here to explore this resource.