More Than Me: An Explanatory Study of Pregnant and Parenting Youth in the Foster Care System
By the time they are 21, more than 50% of female foster youth have a child. This is more than twice the pregnancy rate of their non-foster peers. Due to the 2010 extension of foster care to age 21, this high pregnancy rate has entered the policy spotlight.
Website for Parenting Teens in Foster Care: TeenParent.net
Through the work of Public Counsel and the Alliance for Children’s Rights, pregnant and parenting foster teens have a new resource. The website, teenparent.net, is the first of its kind, covering the specific needs of foster youth making the transition from child to parent.
California Bill Says Children of Teens in Foster Care Not Presumed At-Risk of Abuse
By Xueting Guo While there is clear evidence that children born to mothers with experience in the foster care system are at heightened risk to enter the system themselves, a new bill in California would preclude social workers from using a pregnant or parenting foster youth’s foster care records when determining whether or not to remove his or her child.