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Cumulative teen birth rates among girls in foster care at age 17: An analysis of linked birth and child protection records from California

Child Abuse & Neglect, 2013

Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Bryn King

Suggested Citation
King, B. & Putnam-Hornstein, E. (2013). Cumulative teen birth rates among girls in foster care at age 17: An analysis of linked birth and child protection records from California. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(4), 698-705.

Abstract 
 Between 2003 and 2007 in California, there were 20,222 girls in foster care at age 17. Overall, 11.4% had a first birth before age 18. The cumulative percentage who gave birth before age 20 was 28.1%. Among girls who had a first birth before age 18, 41.2% had a repeat teen birth. Significant variations by race/ethnicity and placement-related characteristics emerged.

 

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