|کد مقاله||کد نشریه||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||نسخه تمام متن|
|345889||617772||2016||17 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||دانلود رایگان|
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• Child welfare professionals recognize that sexual and reproductive health issues can be problematic for foster youth, caregivers and providers
• Social workers need additional training, support and administrative directives from administrators to address these issues
• Established systems to monitor and track youth sexual and reproductive health outcomes are needed
• Few counties in California have formalized policies outlining how to address youth sexual and reproductive health
• Social workers need formal policy mandates from administrators and policy leaders to prioritize this issue and change current practices
• Research is needed to assess the impact of policy implementation on youth sexual and reproductive health outcomes
Child welfare professionals and foster parents increasingly suggest the importance of establishing clear and consistent policies and procedures to address the sexual and reproductive health of youth in foster care. The present study examines the content and context of such policies across 18 California counties through a search of publically available county policy documents, and surveys and expert interviews with child welfare professionals (N = 22). A policy framework for agenda setting and policymaking was used to guide the data collection and analysis process. Child welfare professionals were aware of multiple sources of information, support and services for foster youths' sexual and reproductive health, though few practiced in counties with formal policies that outline the resources and support that youth should receive. Participants demonstrated widespread recognition that issues of youth sexual and reproductive health were significant; posing challenges to youth, foster parents and child welfare staff. Identified policy solutions included: 1) training for social workers and foster parents; 2) collaborative partnerships with public health nurses and community providers; 3) data tracking and monitoring of outcomes to assess youth needs and evaluate the impact of programs and policies; and 4) involvement by advocacy organizations in defining problems and advocating for improved services and support for youth in care. Social workers largely perceived that support from child welfare administrators and policy leaders is necessary to prioritize this issue and initiate policy formation. Additional research is needed to further examine the impact of policy mandates on social workers, foster parents and youth in foster care.
Journal: Children and Youth Services Review - Volume 61, February 2016, Pages 184–200