Brief: Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting

Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting

Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting

The transition into parenthood is an adjustment for all parents, and it can be particularly difficult for teen parents in care.
 
Research shows that teen parents are less likely to graduate high school, earn their GED, or attend a two- or four-year university than other teens. Children of teen parents are also at a higher risk of having behavioral problems, chronic medical conditions, and beginning school less prepared than their peers.
 
Pregnant and parenting teens in care face additional challenges:

  • Youth in care have likely experienced the trauma of abuse or neglect and as a result, are at high risk of poor health and social outcomes and may have a limited support system to help them if they become parents.
  • Additionally, youth in care may be more vulnerable to teen pregnancy than their peers. 

The Family First Prevention Services Act provides states the opportunity to allocate federal child welfare funding to primary child maltreatment prevention efforts, including providing home visiting services to teens in state conservatorship who are pregnant or parenting.
 
CFRP's new brief Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting explores:

  • the unique needs that pregnant and parenting teens and teens in care face
  • an overview of home visiting models that are well-suited to serve this unique population
  • implementation considerations for selecting and administering home visiting to best serve pregnant and parenting youth in care.

Learn more and download the full brief: Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting