A Crucial Connection: Working Together to Address Teen Pregnancy Among Youth in Foster Care

A Crucial Connection
Girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to get pregnant than girls in general. Almost half of girls in foster care have been pregnant at least once by age 19 and nearly one-third have at least one child. The statistics speak for themselves.

Girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to get pregnant than girls in general. Almost half of girls in foster care have been pregnant at least once by age 19 and nearly one-third have at least one child. The statistics speak for themselves.

Certainly research should drive policy making and program development. Yet it is also important to listen to what young people themselves have to say and find ways for them to be a part of the solution. This 8 minute and 45 second long DVD features teens and young adults speaking candidly about their experiences with the foster care system as well as various professionals discussing why it is important to address teen pregnancy among youth in foster care. It is our hope that the insights and ideas featured in this DVD will help educate staff, caregivers, parents, and youth in foster care about the effects of teen pregnancy on the health, education, and social and economic well-being of youth and families and provide an opportunity to learn more about some of the issues raised in the DVD.

This guide and the accompanying DVD were made possible with the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Publication date: October 2010

A group of teenage girls