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dc.contributor.authorShaw, Terry V.
dc.contributor.authorBarth, Richard P., 1952-
dc.contributor.authorSvoboda, Deborah Vangeison
dc.contributor.authorNaeem, Shaikh
dc.descriptionPROJECT NAME: Fostering Safe Choices, Pregnancy Prevention among youth in Foster Care. PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Terry V. Shaw, Ph.D., MSW, MPH. PROJECT DATES: October 2008-December 2010en_US
dc.description.abstractHigh rates of pregnancy and subsequent termination, miscarriage, or birth among adolescent females in the United States have rallied concerted efforts by healthcare providers, educators, youth advocates, parents, and policy makers, and other stakeholders, for over two decades. Child welfare services providers are in the unique position of working with those youth who are most vulnerable, such as runaway youth, youth in out-of-home placements (due to abuse or neglect), youth involved in the juvenile/adult justice system, youth addicted to substances, and youth with various physical and/or mental disabilities. Although our understanding of pregnancy trends within the foster care population are somewhat limited, there is good reason to believe that pregnancy rates in foster care have resisted the recent reductions in adolescent pregnancies experienced in the general population. As a result, The Fostering Safe Choices project was developed by Maryland DHR and the University of Maryland School of Social Work and tasked with examining the incidence of pregnancy among young women in foster care and to assess what is known about effective prevention programs targeting youth in care. (From project summary)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis report was prepared by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Family Investment Administration. Deborah Svoboda, Karen Castallenos-Brown, Naeem Shaikh, Terry V. Shaw, Shalita O’Neale and Richard Barth all contributed to the successful completion of the report. Terry V. Shaw developed the data-based methodology to estimate a birth rate for youth in out-ofhome care found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer from DHR/SSA. This work would not have been possible without the assistance and guidance of our advisory group, known as Team Maryland, with representation from DHR/SSA (Mr. Kevin Keegan), DHMH (Cathy Watson), DHR/FIA (Patricia McDonald), UMB/SSW (Dean Barth and Ms. Bronwyn Mayden), family advocates (Angela Vaughn-Lee from the Maryland Coalition for Children’s Mental Health), individuals familiar with the child welfare worker perspective (Ms. Chris Schiavone, formerly Coordinator of the Anne Arundel County Independent Living Program), representative from Planned Parenthood (Amanda Eisenman), a representative from the National Coalition to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (Itege Bailey), a representative from the Healthy Teen Network (Janet Max) as well as youth and family representation.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesChild Welfare Research;
dc.subjectUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Social Work--Projects and Reportsen_US
dc.subject.lcshPregnancy prevention and sex hygiene--Youthen_US
dc.subject.meshFoster Home Careen_US
dc.titleFostering Safe Choices Final Reporten_US
dc.description.urinameFull Texten_US

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