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What is RHEP?

The Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth brings together youth in foster care and the agencies that serve them to promote systems that normalize, support, and promote the bodily autonomy and healthy sexual development of youth in foster care. Health, education, and child welfare systems have failed to reach, engage, and guide youth in foster care across a sexual and reproductive health service journey that meets their needs, circumstances, and goals. This gap fuels disparities in sexual and reproductive health. 

RHEP works to change this by uplifting youth voices, supporting policy change, creating connections between systems, and piloting innovative programs designed in collaboration with stakeholders and youth to better meet their needs–because health development is on all of us!

RHEP began in Los Angeles County, home to the largest child welfare system in the United States with over 34,000 children and families receiving services and support. RHEP is now expanding its successful programs statewide in California.

The National Center for Youth Law is the convener and backbone agency of the Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth. RHEP is made up of a network of diverse, multi-sector partner agencies and a youth advisory board. We are grateful to our current funder, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, for providing support that makes our work in Los Angeles County possible and to our past funder, the HHS Office of Population Affairs, Grant # 1 TP2AH000066-01-00 for support that has allowed us to expand RHEP statewide. The work of RHEP is solely the responsibility of the organizations involved and does not necessarily represent the official views of our funders.

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