Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care
The Administration for Children’s Services (“Children’s Services”) and its provider agency partners face unique challenges in supporting young parents in foster care. Although young parents have the same rights to the custody of their children as adult parents, they experience greater difficulty in accessing supportive services, which are often designed for adult parents. Children’s Services aims to empower pregnant and parenting youth involved in the child welfare system through individualized youth development and therapeutic interventions that advance self-sufficiency and reduce maltreatment of infants and toddlers by parenting youth. Children’s Services acknowledges the challenges many young parents in foster care face and expects provider agency staff to help these youth adjust to pregnancy and early parenting.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Youth in Foster Care
Youth in foster care have the right to confidential sexual and reproductive health information and services. Although sexual activity can be an anticipated part of adolescent development, because of their history of abuse and neglect, youth in foster care are often at higher risk for unsafe sexual behaviors. It is for this reason that receiving high-quality, preventive health care and information is so critical. This policy clarifies required casework actions pertaining to the reproductive health services for youth in foster care and describes the standards that foster care providers are expected to meet and that Children’s Services will monitor.
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Comments can also be sent by mail to:
ACS Policy Unit
150 William St., 17th Floor, RM H-2
NY, NY 10038
The 30-day comment period end date for both policies is November 29, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.