Policy and Practice Changes in Child Welfare Agencies

I have had the pleasure of working with six California counties over the past two years through the California Foster Youth Pregnancy Prevention Institute.  Along with my colleagues at the John Burton Foundation and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), we supported and led counties through change management processes to integrate evidence-based/-informed strategies to prevent unplanned pregnancy into their child welfare agencies.  This process led to changes in reproductive health policies and practices; partnerships with community organizations to provide evidenced-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and other services; development of specialized conferences for pregnant and parenting youth in care; and training for social workers and care givers. Find out more about Orange County’s experience and lessons learned through APHSA's Policy and Practice article*, "Ongoing Progress in Reducing Teen Pregnancy."

*Courtesy copy provided by APHSA

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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