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Heart to Heart—Pilot Testing a Sexual Health Training for Foster and Kinship Caregivers

01 Feb 2018

Purpose: Youth in foster care have high rates of early, unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Most interventions have been directed towards the youth themselves and have shown limited success at reducing risks of these impactful outcomes. Using results from prior mixed method studies involving foster and kinship caregivers, foster youth, and other stakeholders from the child welfare system, we developed a day-long training that combined a) low literacy educational information on contraception, condoms, STIs, and normal development with b) skills-based information caregivers felt were critical to improving their ability to parent youth regarding sexual health issues.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Journal of Adolescent Health