According to a report from Chlid Trends released on December 9, 2011, youth in foster care have an increased risk of having a child as teen parent. These young parents experience many challenges and often, outcomes for these youth and their children are poor.
Teen Parents in Foster Care: Risk Factors and Outcomes for Teens and Their Children identify several risk factors these youth experience that may contribute to their becoming a teen parent, including:
- raised in a single parent home
- chaotic home environment
- exposure to abuse and/or neglect
- low academic performance
- poor school engagement
- risky sexual behavior