Latest Research Brief from Meredith Matone Digs Into Key Findings From Fellowship Thus Far
Half of female youth nationally with current or former experience in the child welfare system—the system responsible for responding to abuse and neglect of children and providing services to support vulnerable children and families—have a pregnancy by age 19 and nearly half have multiple pregnancies by this same age. Adolescent childbearing is associated with an increased risk for adverse birth outcomes and use of negative parenting approaches. These risks may be exacerbated among youth with child welfare system exposure who are more likely to have social- and health-related adversities. Understanding the risks for poor outcomes for young mothers with a history of child welfare involvement and their children is fundamental for improving the services provided to this population.
Key Findings from the Brief