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Message ID: 8189
Date: 2009-07-13

Author:Sheri McMahon

Subject:Re: Tracking of pregnant and parenting teens in foster care



Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care

In Foster Care.



a.. In a study of foster youth in 3 Midwestern states, 1/3 reported

having been pregnant, and 2/3 of those reported that the pregnancy was

unwanted (Courtney, Terao, and Bost, 2004).

b.. Among older foster girls in Illinois, 40% of African American

and 12% of Caucasian girls were pregnant or parenting (Leathers and Testa,

2002).

c.. Twenty-eight per cent of older girls (17 and up) in foster care

in Illinois had custody of one or more children (Leathers and Testa, 2002).

d.. Among young women emancipated in 1997 in California, those with

5 or more placements were more than twice as likely to have become pregnant

before emancipation than those with just one placement. (Nearly 1/3 of

those emancipated had more than 5 placements.) Among that group, Latinas

were twice as likely to have become pregnant as Caucasian or African

American young women (Needell, et al., 2002).

After Emancipation...



a.. Two to four years after leaving foster care, over half the young

women in a national study had given birth to a child and were on welfare

(Wald and Martinez, 2003).

b.. In California, 67% of females emancipated from the child welfare

system had at least one birth within five years of leaving care (Needell, et

al., 2002).

Issues and Challenges Related to Pregnancy and Parenting



a.. 40% of foster youth with one child and 58% of foster youth in

Illinois with two or more children reported having special needs due to

pregnancy or parenting which interfered with independent living (Leathers

and Testa, 2002).

b.. Social workers in Illinois reported that, of older foster girls

with custody of a child, 30% were having "somewhat of a problem" and another

8% were having "very much of a problem" with parenting (Leathers and Testa,

2002).

c.. Pregnancy and parenting doubled the risk of dropping out of

school among older foster teens, based on a study of Illinois youth.

Dropping out of high school put youth at high risk of unemployment (Leathers

and Testa, 2002).

d.. Existing services for teen mothers - both in and out of

dependency - lack continuity, universality, and entitlement. Many programs

fail to include mothers as full participants and beneficiaries (Wald and

Martinez, 2003).





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----- Original Message -----

From:

To:

Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 2:29 PM

Subject: Tracking of pregnant and parenting teens in foster care





Hello all,



I am a doctoral student at Loma Linda University and I am interested in

understanding how many pregnant and parenting teens are in foster care. I

have not been able to locate a reliable source for recent numbers (or even

estimates!). Does anyone know of an agency which might be tracking and

counting pregnant and parenting foster youth?



Thanks for your help.



Rhoda Smith



____________________________________________________________

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Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care

In Foster Care.



a.. In a study of foster youth in 3 Midwestern states, 1/3 reported

having been pregnant, and 2/3 of those reported that the pregnancy was

unwanted (Courtney, Terao, and Bost, 2004).

b.. Among older foster girls in Illinois, 40% of African American

and 12% of Caucasian girls were pregnant or parenting (Leathers and Testa,

2002).

c.. Twenty-eight per cent of older girls (17 and up) in foster care

in Illinois had custody of one or more children (Leathers and Testa, 2002).

d.. Among young women emancipated in 1997 in California, those with

5 or more placements were more than twice as likely to have become pregnant

before emancipation than those with just one placement. (Nearly 1/3 of

those emancipated had more than 5 placements.) Among that group, Latinas

were twice as likely to have become pregnant as Caucasian or African

American young women (Needell, et al., 2002).

After Emancipation...



a.. Two to four years after leaving foster care, over half the young

women in a national study had given birth to a child and were on welfare

(Wald and Martinez, 2003).

b.. In California, 67% of females emancipated from the child welfare

system had at least one birth within five years of leaving care (Needell, et

al., 2002).

Issues and Challenges Related to Pregnancy and Parenting



a.. 40% of foster youth with one child and 58% of foster youth in

Illinois with two or more children reported having special needs due to

pregnancy or parenting which interfered with independent living (Leathers

and Testa, 2002).

b.. Social workers in Illinois reported that, of older foster girls

with custody of a child, 30% were having "somewhat of a problem" and another

8% were having "very much of a problem" with parenting (Leathers and Testa,

2002).

c.. Pregnancy and parenting doubled the risk of dropping out of

school among older foster teens, based on a study of Illinois youth.

Dropping out of high school put youth at high risk of unemployment (Leathers

and Testa, 2002).

d.. Existing services for teen mothers - both in and out of

dependency - lack continuity, universality, and entitlement. Many programs

fail to include mothers as full participants and beneficiaries (Wald and

Martinez, 2003).





Home | About CLC | Foster Care Facts | What's New | CLC Initiatives |

Training Materials | Employment | Contact Us



© 2005 - 2009 Children's Law Center of Los Angeles





----- Original Message -----

From:

To:

Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 2:29 PM

Subject: Tracking of pregnant and parenting teens in foster care





Hello all,



I am a doctoral student at Loma Linda University and I am interested in

understanding how many pregnant and parenting teens are in foster care. I

have not been able to locate a reliable source for recent numbers (or even

estimates!). Does anyone know of an agency which might be tracking and

counting pregnant and parenting foster youth?



Thanks for your help.



Rhoda Smith



____________________________________________________________

Digital Photography - Click Now.

http://thirdpartyoffers.netzero.net/TGL2241/fc/BLSrjpYQ342PWBGpxuZHm1MpYAFJA5xIdGc6Fi9Ve68FLBPW5S3xVe98bTK/