Evidence-Based Programs for Young Parents in Foster Care

Posted October 16, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog evidencebasedprogramsforyoung 2017

A webi­nar from the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion explores approach­es that are designed to engage young peo­ple — specif­i­cal­ly young peo­ple who have expe­ri­enced fos­ter care — on the top­ic of pre­vent­ing unin­tend­ed or untime­ly pregnancies.

The 90-minute webi­nar, Preg­nan­cy Pre­ven­tion and Par­ent­ing Sup­port, focus­es on evi­denced-based, research-informed strate­gies and high­lights ways to help young par­ents who are tend­ing to their own devel­op­men­tal needs while in fos­ter care.

It is crit­i­cal that child wel­fare sys­tems equip them­selves with evi­dence-based tools to help them delay unplanned, untime­ly or rapid repeat preg­nan­cies,” says Tam­mi Flem­ing, senior asso­ciate at the Casey Foun­da­tion, who mod­er­at­ed the webi­nar. At the same time, we must ensure that young peo­ple who are expect­ing or already par­ent­ing have access and oppor­tu­ni­ties to pur­sue their life goals and strength­en their par­ent­ing skills.”

Dur­ing the webi­nar, three child wel­fare experts joined Flem­ing, who leads Casey’s preg­nan­cy pre­ven­tion and par­ent­ing sup­port port­fo­lio with­in the Jim Casey Youth Oppor­tu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive. These experts are:

  • Mol­ly Casey
    Admin­is­tra­tor for Teen Par­ent Con­nec­tion, a pro­gram in Geor­gia that serves preg­nant teens and teen par­ents (and their chil­dren) who are in state cus­tody. Teen Par­ent Con­nec­tion is an ini­tia­tive of the Mul­ti-Agency Alliance for Chil­dren, a Jim Casey Youth Oppor­tu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive site.
  • Sabine Chery
    Assis­tant Com­mis­sion­er for New York City’s Admin­is­tra­tion for Children’s Ser­vices, which pro­vides child wel­fare, juve­nile jus­tice and ear­ly care and edu­ca­tion ser­vices to New York City’s chil­dren and families.
  • Sarah Mor­ri­son
    Direc­tor of Learn­ing and Evi­dence for the Cen­ter for the Study of Social Pol­i­cy, a nation­al non­prof­it devot­ed to secur­ing equal oppor­tu­ni­ties and bet­ter futures for all chil­dren and fam­i­lies, espe­cial­ly those most often left behind.

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