Calling All Judges!

October 27, 2015

State and Local, Teen Pregnancy

Did you know a teen girl in foster care is 2.5 times more likely to get pregnant by age 19 compared to those not in foster care? What about that 4 in 10 girls in foster care experience two or more pregnancies by age 19? These statistics are startling.  As judges and other court staff, you can be a part of the solution! 

The newly released toolkit, When You Decide, is designed to help you integrate teen pregnancy prevention materials and information into your courtroom.  You play an important role in helping youth get the support, knowledge, and tools needed to make healthy decisions regarding sex and reproduction.  You can decide how best to use the tools in and/or out of the courtroom depending on your comfort level with discussing reproductive health and sex in court.  The toolkit includes bench cards, resources on minor’s rights, sample scripts, and much more. 

Let us know what you think of the new toolkit and how you have used it!

Authored by: Becky Griesse

Becky Griesse is the Senior Manager of Programs at The National Campaign. In this capacity, she provides assistance to state and local communities regarding teen and unplanned pregnancy.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Becky was the Adolescent Sexual Health Program Manager at the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). There she provided technical assistance to CDC/DASH funded state education agencies to improve youth access to sexual health services. Becky also has experience coordinating a local teen pregnancy prevention coalition, the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) in Alexandria, VA.

Becky attended James Madison University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and George Washington University where she received a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.  She is an Adjunct Faculty member at George Mason University where she teaches Human Sexuality and Women’s Health courses.

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