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November 4, 2020

Help set up pregnant and parenting youth for success

As a caseworker, you are positioned to make a huge difference in the life of a pregnant or parenting youth, as well as their child. Sharing resources, providing guidance and advising them on service options are all ways to help meet their unique needs.

The new eLearning “Pregnant and Parenting Youth for DCYF Staff” will help you gain an understanding of the best way to support the youth as well as what your own responsibilities are on behalf of the agency.

Youth in foster care experience pregnancy two to three times as often as youth in the general population, so the two-hour training starts with an overview of the numerous risk factors that affect youth in care. You will then discuss Shared Planning Meetings, a critical opportunity to provide information to pregnant and parenting youth and identify helpful services. You will be guided through various scenarios to help identify strategies for discussion, assessment and service referrals at Health and Safety Visits. Finally, the training will give a tactical overview of necessary FamLink documentation, including what information needs to be captured through assessments.

At the close of the course, you will have a strong grasp of the best ways to meet the needs of pregnant or parenting youth, how to help them have realistic expectations, and support permanence and stability as they move forward.


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