Being an adolescent is complicated enough. What if you are in foster care? Sexually active? Pregnant? A parent? The ReSHAPING network of scholars is finding out more and improving these experiences.

Five Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Young Parents with Foster Care Experience

 June 29, 2021

2 – 3 PM ET

 In this 60-minute webinar, researchers from the University of Maryland and Montclair State University will share major themes, findings and implications from a study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to learn about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected 23 young parents who are in or have recently left foster care. The webinar will include reflections from a young father who joined the research team, quotes from interviews and focus groups with young parents and photos taken by young parents as part of a Photovoice project to tell the stories of their lives during the pandemic. Panelists will discuss how the experiences of these young people and their children can inform practice and policy for the future. 

Panelists include  

Allison Holmes, senior research associate, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, moderator  

Elizabeth M. Aparicio, PhD, MSW 

Svetlana Shpiegel, PhD, MSW 

Alexander Sanchez, youth co-researcher and young father 

Tammi Fleming, senior associate, the Annie E. Casey Foundation 


The latest research 

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ReSHAPING (Research on Sexual Health and Adolescent Parenting in Out-of-Home Environments Group) is an international network of scholars in social work, public health, public policy, and psychology dedicated to collaborative research on understanding needs and improving outcomes related to sexual health and parenting for youth who are homeless, trafficked, or in out-of-home environments, whether in child welfare, juvenile justice, or other systems.

Through this website and social media, we disseminate our individual and joint work. We also provide information about trainings, other research and reports for those interested in this topic. Our hope is to provide a repository that is useful to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

Our Members

Elizabeth Aparicio

University of Maryland, College Park

Amy Dworsky

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Monica Faulkner

Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing, Steve Hicks School of Social Work,
The University of Texas at Austin

Nadine Finigan-Carr

University of Maryland, Baltimore
School of Social Work

Claudette Grinnell-Davis

Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa

Grace Hubel

College of Charleston

Bryn King

Social Work, University of Toronto

Children’s Data Network, University of Southern California

Andrea Lane Eastman

University of Southern California

Katie Massey Combs

University of Colorado Boulder

Lisa Schelbe

Florida State University
College of Social Work

Svetlana Shpiegel

Montclair State University
Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy

Rhoda Smith

Springfield College

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