Navigating the Transition to Adulthood for Parenting Foster Care Youth
Growing attention has been paid in recent years to the needs of youth in foster care who are parenting. Like other teenage parents, they must navigate the transition to adulthood while raising a young child. However, they are likely to face additional challenges related to the impact of trauma on their development, and these challenges may adversely affect their ability to parent. Unfortunately, little is known about the rate of child maltreatment among their children or the rate at which their children enter foster care. Even less is known about how those rates compare to the rates of children of other teenage parents. This study aims to fill the gaps in our knowledge about the rate of child welfare services involvement among children born to parents who are themselves in foster care. It may also lay the groundwork for evaluating interventions aimed at reducing the involvement of the children of parenting foster care youth in the child welfare system.