California's Most Vulnerable Parents: When Maltreated Children Have Children (full report)

Putnam-Hornstein, E.,
Cederbaum, J. A.,
King, B.,
Needell, B.
Published: November, 2013
Paper/Research Report
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

In this 86-page report, the authors describe a study that linked CPS and birth records in California to generate new knowledge about teen birth rates among youth currently and formerly placed in foster care and involved with CPS more broadly. This database of integrated birth and CPS records not only offers a “population-level” examination of past CPS involvement among teen mothers, but also provides an opportunity to prospectively examine health and safety outcomes in the next generation. The linkage of these two data sources allows a more complete understanding of teen birth and early-parenting dynamics among CPS-involved teens. In this 86-page report, the authors describe the record linkages that were completed, and present findings in the form of analytic research briefs that have been prepared from the linked data. Four of the briefs are based on data specific to Los Angeles County, and the fifth reports aggregated statewide findings. The authors conclude with comments about additional questions that might be addressed using these linked data.

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