The state plan, “California’s Plan for the Prevention of Unintended Pregnancies for Youth and Non-Minor Dependents,” aims to address the fact that by age 21 over 1 in 3 girls in foster care will have given birth, according to a report by the Children’s Data Network.
Representatives from all three departments, the child welfare advocacy community and at least one former foster youth will participate in developing the strategy.
“What’s important here is to make sure we’re catering to the needs of our young teens. The best way to do that is to include the voice of the youth who have the lived experience of abuse, neglect, trauma and early and unplanned pregnancy,” Solis said.
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