Adolescence is a critical period of physical and personal growth. As they transition to adulthood, youth experience the social, emotional and physical changes of sexual and reproductive development. Adolescents need support to feel comfortable with their sexuality, sexual orientation and sexual identity; develop positive sexual attitudes and healthy sexual relationships; have autonomy over sexual and reproductive health decisions; and have access to reproductive health care. For youth in foster care, the changes in adolescence occur in settings where they may lack the support of a trusted adult, autonomy to make decisions about their well-being, or awareness about health care resources. Understanding and supporting this group of adolescents through these changes can help ensure their healthy transition to adulthood.
Download Brief: Promoting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in foster care