Project Description


Foster Care and Early Childbirth (2014-2020) 

Although this work is not currently funded, it continues to be a central component of my research agenda. 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 my 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. I am also an active member of a research group currently 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 infrastructure and  has collaborated on grant applications, publications, and conference submissions/presentations. With colleagues from this workgroup, I have done the following in the last year: 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 SSWR. I am also in the process of completing 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.