This guide is designed to enhance the knowledge of evidence-informed and promising practices that address the needs of expectant and parenting youth in foster care and their children, and to provide a comprehensive set of resources for jurisdictions interested in achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for these young families. Information is drawn from a review of an expanded list of existing clearinghouses on evidence-informed programs, an internet search of programs, and phone interviews with programs to secure updated evaluation data. The resource guide is organized into three major program categories: Parenting Supports including co-parenting and fatherhood, Developmental Supports for Children and Parents, including health care and trauma-informed interventions, and Preparation for Adulthood, including education, housing and employment. Each category is divided into two sections. The first lists programs, interventions, and initiatives that are evidence-informed and those that hold promise for serving these young families. The second section contains information on curricula and training, including four training curricula that specifically target skill development for workers, practitioners, and resource parents, as well as other curricula that can serve as a starting point for improving staff and resource parent capacity in servicing this population.
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Expectant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: A Resource Guide. 2014.