Nearly 3 in 10 teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
July 31, 2014

Beginning in 2011, The National Campaign and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, partnered with a network of child welfare and teen pregnancy professionals and state and local teams to adapt and implement an evidence-based pregnancy prevention curriculum for youth in out-of-home care. This project, Integration of Teen Pregnancy Prevention into State and Local Child Welfare Systems (TPP Integration), was developed in response to the need for evidence-based programs specific to youth in care, and was implemented through cross-system collaboration to deliver such programming and address the high rates of teen pregnancy among youth in care.

This week we launched the lessons learned evaluation report with hopes that this will be a valuable resource for other states and communities who want to do this work. The report offers guidance and promising practices for implementing the adapted MPC curriculum for youth in out-of-home care. We share lessons learned from implementation of the program in five geographically and organizationally-diverse teams: Alameda County (California), Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

The next step in this work is to conduct a more in-depth outcome evaluation to determine whether there are changes in attitudes, knowledge, and behavioral intent using a pre-post survey design. This new evaluation is being launched this fall with our great partners in Rhode Island, with data collection continuing over the next 12 months. We are excited to continue this important work and will be sharing results with you when they are available!

If you’d like to learn more about the new, adapted curriculum, please visit Jemmott Innovations and inquire about Making Proud Choices! An Adaptation For Youth In Out-of-Home Care. 

Authored by: Cara Finley

Cara Finley is the Manager of Research and Evaluation. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing research briefs and resources, providing technical assistance related to evaluation, and evaluating Campaign efforts.

Before joining The National Campaign, she conducted research and evaluation in both the non-profit and private sector related to maternal and child health, and provided training and technical assistance to both community-based organizations and military personnel. Cara received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and biology from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Public Health from George Washington University.

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