Stopping the Cycle of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Call to Action to Focus on Pregnant and Parenting Youth in and Aging Out of the Foster Care System

Jennifer Mullins Geiger, Lisa Ann Schelbe
2014 Journal of Public Child Welfare  
Each year, a significant number of adolescents become pregnant in the United States, with more than half of these pregnancies resulting in live births. Adolescent parenting is associated with poor outcomes, including increased risk of child maltreatment. Youth "aging out" of the foster care system may be at greater risk of maltreating their children due to their experiences of child maltreatment, a lack of social support and little preparation for parenthood. This paper examines current
more » ... and policies targeting pregnant and parenting youth "aging out" and presents a research and policy agenda that focuses on pregnancy prevention and positive parenting.
doi:10.1080/15548732.2013.824398 fatcat:akqizne2fffybj5zzsrk4glgku