Project Description

An Examination Foster Care and Early Childbirth

Principal Investigator: Bryn King
Expected Project Timeline:

Foster care and early childbirth is a central component of Dr. King’s research agenda. Although not currently funded, this body of work largely focuses on measuring risk factors for and experiences of early childbirth among adolescent girls who have spent time in foster care. 

Data for this work are available due to Dr. King’s continued affiliations with the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California and the California Child Welfare Indicators Project at the University of California, Berkeley. This work is also affiliated with a research group called Research on Sexual Health & Adolescent Parenting In out-of-home Nurturing environments Group (ReSHAPING; it was formerly titled Pregnancy & Parenting among Foster Youth Workgroup). With membership across the US, this collaborative recently received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to further develop the group’s infrastructure, and has collaborated on grant applications, publications, and conference submissions and presentations.

Alongside Dr. King, this group has work has accomplished the following: published a first-authored paper on a Latent Class Analysis of female foster youth and early childbirth in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health; published a co-authored paper in Child and Family Social Work; delivered an invited talk on the analysis to the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California; and presented a paper at Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Also in the process is the completion of a longitudinal analysis that tracks youth in care during their pregnancy and working with colleagues on analysis determining subgroups of births in which paternity (or second parenthood) is not established and the likelihood of a subsequent report of maltreatment.