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Healthy Teen Network Member Webinar: System-Involved Youth
January 26, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Foster Youth Need Sex Ed Too!: Addressing the Sexual Risk Behaviors of System-Involved Youth
Presenter: Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work, Ruth Young Center for Families and Children
All young people experience important developmental milestones on their path to becoming healthy adults, and while this time of change is full of promise, it can also be a time of increased vulnerability or risk. For system-involved youth (e.g., youth in child welfare or juvenile services), navigating this time of change can be fraught with even more challenges or barriers. Without strong family and social networks, they may face increased risk of engaging in high-risk behaviors—such as unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners—as well as unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections.
This webinar is designed to (1) identify the sexual and reproductive health needs and risk behaviors of system-involved youth; (2) describe the related social determinants of health using the Youth 360° framework; and, (3) improve awareness of how providers can promote the development of positive sexual health behaviors among system-involved youth. Participants will be better prepared to address the unique needs of system-involved youth as they transition towards young adulthood.