Adolescents face unique challenges and opportunities during a critical period of physical and mental development. Their lives are often complicated by unstable family situations, physical changes, and newfound freedom in making more consequential personal decisions. The Child and Family Research Partnership seeks to understand how effective policies can positively impact the lives of adolescents and set them up for future success.
Nearly all teen births are unplanned and to unmarried parents. These unintended pregnancies bring unique economic and emotional challenges and are linked to a number of negative outcomes.
Homeless youth lack parental, foster, or institutional care and face myriad difficulties. Public and private programs provide resources and support for homeless youth, while they are homeless and as they attempt to overcome homelessness.