Roughly one in four 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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Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy
June 07, 2017

In case you missed it, recently there was an exciting step forward to support the success of youth in foster care. On May 25th, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) introduced the Supporting Foster Youth in Successful Parenting Act of 2017 (H.R. 2682). This bill would provide youth in foster care with relevant information and services to prevent unplanned pregnancy while also supporting expectant or parenting youth so that they and their children can thrive. What a fitting way to end May—which happened to be both National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and National Foster Care Month.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is pleased to support this bill, which builds on innovative efforts underway in some states and communities and will ensure that more youth in foster care across the county receive the support they need to achieve their goals.

There has been growing attention to the challenge of pregnancy and parenting among youth in and transitioning from foster care. For example, my colleague Becky Griesse summarized recent efforts in California. In 2015, The National Campaign convened more than 100 national, state, and local experts, including foster youth, to discuss ways to address teen pregnancy prevention among youth in foster care. Rep. Davis’ bill builds on a number of the recommendations emerging from that gathering.

“By empowering youth in foster care with the tools and supports that give them the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant, we can improve opportunities for these young people and their children,” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of The National Campaign.

What can you do? Please spread the word about this bill and ask your members of Congress to support H.R. 2682, the Supporting Foster Youth in Successful Parenting Act of 2017.

For more information, read The National Campaign’s statement on the bill.

To see The National Campaign’s information and resources about teen pregnancy and youth in foster care, visit our Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Web portal.

Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Vice President for Policy and Strategic Partnerships at The National Campaign.  She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as forging strategic partnerships with a range of public and private sector organizations.  During her time at the Campaign, she has helped launch The National Campaign’s work with community colleges, youth in foster care, and with Latino communities.

From 2001 through 2008, she was also affiliated with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families in various capacities. Before joining The National Campaign in 2001, Andrea served at the White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton. She has also worked at the National Governors’ Association, and at the state and local level in California, Texas, and Virginia.

She studied Government at Smith College, received a BA from Cornell University and an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

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