Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Care with Home Visiting

CFRP Policy Brief | B.044.0121

January 2021
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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. In light of this new funding opportunity, this brief provides a primer on considerations for serving teen parents in state care with home visiting, with a focus on pregnant and parenting mothers. The brief includes a background of 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, and implementation considerations for selecting and administering home visiting to best serve pregnant and parenting youth in care.

Background and Purpose

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) restructured federal child welfare funding with the goals of preventing children’s entry into foster care, limiting the use of congregate care, and increasing access to substance abuse and mental health services. One impact of FFPSA is that states can now receive federal reimbursement for home visiting services for pregnant and parenting youth in state conservatorship (youth in care), with the goal of better supporting teen parents to reduce the risk that the teen’s child will enter into the child welfare system. This brief provides an overview of the considerations for serving teen mothers in conservatorship and identifies home visiting program models that are suited to serve this unique population.

Learn more in the full brief here (PDF)

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