This report shares innovative ideas for partnering with a wide range of parents and families to enhance adolescent sexual health. It spotlights programs in four sites across the country that have served Caribbean, black, Latino and Native American populations as well as urban and rural communities.
Wanted: Creative ways to connect with adults to improve adolescent reproductive health
Findings & Stats
Flexibility is Key
Program flexibility is key when engaging parents and families. Providers should expect to work with adults from a range of cultural, economic and social backgrounds.
Engaging communities as partners can help adult residents gain a sense of program ownership while boosting their ability to problem-solve from the frontline.
Youth workers may need to expand their skillset to be able to connect with parents and support their role as the primary sexuality educators.
Statements & Quotations
Reproductive health providers want and need more information about how to improve their ability to work with parents and families in a way that is respectful of the generational, cultural, social and economic contexts of adult participants.
As agencies begin to think of ways to engage parents and families as supporters and advocates of youth becoming sexually healthy, it is important to keep in mind that families come in all shapes and sizes and come from a variety of contexts.
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