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Study Looks at Teen Parents in the Child Welfare System

California Child Welfare Indicators Project researchers release new findings

A newly released study led by California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP) Research Associate and USC School of Social Work Assistant Professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein (PhD '10), CCWIP Principal Investigator Barbara Needell, Berkeley Social Welfare doctoral candidate Bryn King and USC's Julie A. Cederbaum reveals important findings about births among teens involved with the child welfare system.

Funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, California's Most Vulnerable Parents: A Population-Based Examination of Youth Involved with Child Protective Services links birth and child protective services records in Los Angeles County. The report indicates that one in four teens in foster care give birth before age 20 and as many as 40 percent of these girls have a second child during their teen years.

"These data underscore opportunities for targeted prevention as well as the importance of policies that support and enhance the parenting capacity of young mothers," notes Dr. Putnam-Hornstein.

Click here to read the study press release, "Groundbreaking Report Shows 20 Percent of Teenage Mothers In Los Angeles County are Victims of Abuse, One in Four Teen Girls in Foster Care Give Birth."