January 20, 2020| child poverty, childwelfare, foster care, Foster care education, independece, intergenerational, intervention, life skills, mental health, Social worker, transition
BY THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION| DECEMBER 16, 2019|
“We must be intentional in how we engage with young parents, especially those in the foster care system,” says Tammi Fleming, senior associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative®. “Expectant and parenting youth have important experiences to bring to the table, and by accommodating their unique needs, we can ensure higher levels of youth-adult partnership participation.”
Remembering that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to authentic youth engagement can create opportunities for more targeted, strategic youth-adult partnerships. A few ways to effectively engage young parents include:
Engaging young people can yield improved self-esteem, leadership, advocacy and professional development skills that can result in greater involvement in their communities.