Teenagers in the child welfare system have sex two years younger on average than other young people and are 2.5 times more likely to get pregnant.
New research from the University of Colorado points toward why: About two-thirds of eighth and ninth graders in metro Denver who have been involved with the child welfare system say they have never received information about birth control.
The teens interviewed were mostly 13 and 14 — not far off from 15, the average age that foster youth report first having sex.
Teens with an open child welfare case, whether placed in foster care or still living at home, have experienced many of the adversities that lead to risky behaviors, said the study’s lead author, Katie Massey Combs, with CU’s Center for the Study and…
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