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Fostering Parenthood

“Remember, you were a teenager once” How to support pregnant and parenting youth

Featuring Raechel

This episode will give caregivers of indigenous youth a new understanding of how to help indigenous youth in care who’ve experienced abuse and/or commercial sexual exploitation and how to support them.

Indigenous youth in care are a vulnerable population, we will discuss ways to protect indigenous youth from CSEC and the resources available to these youth in care.

Dorothy Daniels Hi, I’m Dorothy Daniels, I’m a pediatric nurse, a sexual health educator, a mom of 12, and a foster parent just like you. When I became a foster parent, I realized that caregivers oftentimes got overlooked with support, resources, and help during this journey because most things focused on the kids. Fostering Parenthood is that support for caregivers.

Raechel Ibarra is a Senior CSEC Case Manager for Children’s Law Center, Chiricahua Apache descendant and her ancestors originate from Arizona and the border of Mexico.  

Fostering Parenthood is a podcast by caregivers for caregivers promoting the healthy sexual development of foster youth, brought to you by the National Center for Youth Law and the Reproductive Health Equity Project. The laws and policies discussed in our show are specific to LA County and California. However, any out-of-state or international listeners should check the regulations specific to their state or country.

Episode Resources ​

The proportions of Black and Native American youth in foster care are around four times larger than the proportions of Black and Native American youth in California overall. 

Native & Indigenous youth are overrepresented in the CA child welfare system. They make up .8% of the general population, yet 20.7% of youth in care.

MMIW – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Movement

  • How trafficking starts (24:10)
  • Common language used (26:03)
  • How to explain trafficking to your youth (27:03)

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Fostering Parenthood is fully supported by grant number 1 TP2AH000066-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Population Affairs.

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