Improving Outcomes for Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: Federal Policy Recommendations

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
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Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)

Youth who spend time in foster care are at a high risk for teen pregnancy and multiple pregnancies, and the children born to these teen mothers face multiple challenges. As states move to extend the age in which youth can remain in foster care, there is growing urgency for child welfare agencies to implement successful policies for this population. This guide offers federally-focused recommendations for executive branch and congressional branch action to more effectively address the complex needs of pregnant and parenting youth who are in foster care or transitioning out of it. The recommendations are derived from the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP) analysis of federal laws and policies, current research, and conversations and interviews with federal, state and local policymakers, researchers and other experts in the fields of foster care and teenage pregnancy.

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