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Did you know that teens who have been in foster care are more likely to become pregnant than their peers? The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential does. So does the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which just celebrated its 20-year anniversary. For years, both organizations have been talking to foster youth and alumni to understand what they wanted and needed to help avoid early pregnancy. Many of those answers are available in their co-authored publication, “Help Me to Succeed: A Guide for Supporting Youth in Foster Care to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.”
Divided into four sections, the guide combines youth input with ideas for tailoring teen pregnancy prevention for foster youth. Here are two of those tips:
Deliver medically accurate information free of judgment. Foster youth often feel stigmatized when health educators highlight their increased risk of pregnancy. Frame pregnancy as a concern for all teens when talking about prevention, and base conversations around reliable information grounded in science.
Provide mobile resources for youth “on the move.” Foster youth often move from place to place, so make sure to offer information in portable formats like wallet cards or pocket-size guides. Programs can also refer youth to mobile-friendly websites they can access on their phones or text messaging services that answer questions in real-time.
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