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Family Preservation and Healthy Outcomes for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care: The Inwood House Theory of Change
Lieberman, L. D.,
Bryant, L. L.,
Year Published: 2015
Journal of Family Social Work Volume
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
The birth rate among teens in foster care is more than twice that of other teens in the United States. Significant challenges exist for these vulnerable young people and their babies. To preserve teens’ families, programs and services need to improve teens’ prospects for parenting success and delay subsequent pregnancies. The Inwood House (IH) theory of change for pregnant and parenting teens is a roadmap for providing the scope of services that can improve outcomes for these young families. The theory of change builds on insights and data from a demonstration project that took place in IH’s residential programs serving pregnant and parenting teens in the New York City foster care system, using an approach that addresses both the developmental needs of adolescents and the practical tasks of parenthood. The aim was to improve the health of young mothers and their babies and reduce intergenerational placement in care. In this article, the authors describe the demonstration project model and outcomes. Modified Author abstract.