Youth in foster care or the juvenile justice system have higher rates of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated sexual risk behaviors than youth living with their families. Young mothers in foster care have unique needs and challenges, including risk of rapid repeat pregnancies and limited parenting skills. For young men, half of 21-year olds aging out of foster care report having a child compared to 19% of young men who have not been in foster care. Why are youth involved in foster care or the juvenile justice system more at risk? What can we do to support them as they transition to adulthood?
Read more about Why Foster Youth Need Sex-Ed in Dr Finigan-Carr's latest blog about her research on Public Health Post.