While the rate of teen pregnancy continues to fall to historic lows, both in California and nationally, teen pregnancy among youth in foster care remains alarmingly high. By age 21, over one in three young women in foster care in California will have given birth. Among girls in foster care who had a first birth before age 18, over a third had a repeat teen birth. These findings have serious implications both for youth in foster care and their children.

The California Foster Youth Pregnancy Prevention Project is a project of the John Burton Foundation. The aim of the project is to reduce pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infections among the foster youth population in California by promoting the implementation evidence-informed strategies, resources and programs. The project also seeks to improve data collection for pregnant and parenting foster youth and advocate for policy changes that will help prevent pregnancy among foster youth and strengthen support for pregnant and parenting foster youth.