National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America

Year Published: 2018
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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Research-to-Impact Briefs

This is a third in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. This brief details the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing homelessness who are pregnant or parenting. The findings from this research indicate that the number of youth who are homeless and pregnant or parenting is substantial, which stands in stark contrast to the national decline in pregnancy and birth rates among both adolescents and young adults during the past two decades. Furthermore, many of these young parents are homeless with their children. These young people and their families are a particularly vulnerable population. Supporting this population is critical to ending homelessness among youth in the United States. (author abstract modified)

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