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New Tools Supporting the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Out-of-Home Care

CSSP's newest briefs provide guidance and resources for child welfare systems on how to best meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth in out-of-home care. These three briefs are designed to be adapted to jurisdictional policies, procedures and resources and provide a comprehensive framework for implementing best policy and practice using a trauma-informed, multi-generational and intersectional lens.

"When I was in foster care, they didn't think the had to reach us about sex because we were too young, so like honestly, they didn't get to me. They were too late. I turned 13 and had a kid." --William

Part one provides policy guidance including recommendations and innovations to consider regarding:

  • Sexual and reproductive health education and services;
  • Conception and pregnancy supports and services; and
  • Postpartum supports and services. 

Part two provides workers with tools and resources to implement best practices related to:

  • Safeguarding youth rights and privacy;
  • Case planning and decision-making;
  • Responding to sexual trauma; and
  • Supporting youth and connecting them to sexual and reproductive health allies. 

Part three provides youth with information and resources to help them navigate sexual and reproductive health and better understand their rights about:  

  • Accessing sexual reproductive health care;
  • Choosing or changing service providers; and
  • Expecting a child while in out-of-home care. 

These briefs were made possible through the commitment of a cross-national professional workgroup. Workgroup members devoted their time over a nine-month period and provided invaluable input in the development of this product. 

Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Out-of-Home Care: A Policy and Practice Framework for Child Welfare

Supporting the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Out-of-Home Care: A Guide for Caseworkers

Your Rights Related to Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Guide for Youth in Care

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