Pregnancy Prevention in Foster Teens
by mobraitis14 on February 17, 2014 - 11:17pm
Nearly 48% of foster care girls have been pregnant by the age of 19, compared to 27% of teen girls in the general population (finley 2013). The TPP Integration Project started a curriculum to help prevent and lessen pregnancies in teens by teaching them about safe sex and using condoms. The curriculum has helped young teens learn about protected sex and preventions of STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) and results have proven it has impacted a large amount of teens. The teens involved have said the program was very helpful and they would recommend it to friends. The amount of teen pregnancies has a direct impact of the child welfare system and can lead to a rise In the amount of people needing welfare. A child born from a foster care teen is more likely to end up in the welfare system. This curriculum will hopefully help lessen the amount of teen pregnancies in the U.S.
I think the TPP Integration Project this is a good start to illuminating the high amount of teenage pregnancies present in the U.S. The numbers are higher in teens that are in foster care most likely because they may not get a good enough education or have the right family guidance to teach them how to not get pregnant. The TPP is helping educate teens starting at a young age, hopefully helping them learn and share to others the affect of teen pregnancies and STI’s on growing up and the hold it can put on your life by having a child when you are so young.
Finley, C. (2013). Integrating Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Child Welfare: Outcomes and Impact for Youth and Systems. Policy & Practice (19426828), 71(6), 16-19.