Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (CA-FKC) 12: Supports and Services for Expectant and Parenting Youth
InterpretationThe needs of expectant and parenting youth can be met through a continuum of care that includes “whole family” placements, specialized foster care, residential treatment, and supportive living arrangements. The organization should aim to meet the needs of expectant and parenting youth and their children in the most family-like setting that best meets their needs. Given that youths’ needs often go unmet, it is crucial that caseworkers provide close oversight and plan an active role in monitoring the receipt of services.
InterpretationThe terms “expectant youth” and “parenting youth” refer to both expectant mothers and fathers. The term “pregnant youth” refers exclusively to birth mothers.
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PurposeChildren in Family Foster Care and Kinship Care live in safe, stable, nurturing, and often temporary family settings that best provide the continuity of care to preserve relationships, promote well-being, and ensure permanency.
- Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
- Procedures need strengthening; or
- With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
- For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
- Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
- Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
- Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
- Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
- Timeframes are often missed; or
- Several client records are missing important information; or
- Client participation is inconsistent.
- No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
- Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.
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- nonjudgmental and nondirective pregnancy and birth options counselling;
- prenatal health care;
- diagnosis and treatment of health concerns, including sexually transmitted diseases;
- genetic risk identification;
- food and nutrition;
- mental health care;
- substance use conditions;
- medication use;
- smoking cessation; and
- labor and delivery.
InterpretationRegarding element (h), a qualified mental health professional should re-evaluate pharmacological treatments for safety, risks, and benefits during pregnancy and make appropriate adjustments to the treatment plan, such as tapering or adjusting dosages or increasing monitoring of symptoms.
InterpretationIf an organization does not provide counselling or information related to termination, the organization should: (1) disclose this fact to youth, parents, and resource families and provide them with a comprehensive list of other community providers that offer pregnancy counselling, support, and education services; (2) demonstrate that it carefully considered its mission, capacity, resources, community’s needs, and youth’s needs in its decision to refrain from providing counselling on all pregnancy outcomes; and (3) respect the choices of youth, parents, and resource families even if they do not align with the values of the organization.
- postpartum health care;
- postpartum depression, including screening for and addressing changes in the new mother’s mood, emotional state, behaviour, and coping strategies;
- breastfeeding education and assistance; and
- pediatric care, including well-baby visits and immunizations.
Interpretation Organization policy should clearly assert that youth should not be separated from their children solely due to the youth’s age or involvement with the child welfare system, or as a means of obtaining services or financial support for the child.
- basic caregiving routines;
- child growth and development;
- meeting children’s social, emotional, and physical health needs;
- environmental safety and injury prevention;
- parent-child interactions and bonding;
- age-appropriate behavioural expectations and appropriate discipline;
- family planning; and
- establishing a functioning support network of family members or caring adults.
- the rights and responsibilities of the youth parents; and
- each individual’s role and expectations for supporting the youth parents to care for their children.
Workers assist youth who are parenting to obtain or enroll in assistance that will support them to care for their children and work towards financial independence, including:
- public benefits;
- maternal and child health programs;
- legal advocacy;
- affordable and quality child care;
- community resources, such as free clinics; and
- educational or vocational programs that support and accommodate the circumstances of expectant and parenting youth.
- indicating in the case record when youth in care become fathers;
- identifying the relationship between expectant youth parents;
- linking young fathers to services that help them understand their legal rights and responsibilities, establish legal paternity, and adjust to the parenting role; and
- assisting youth who are pregnant to notify birth fathers and engage them in service planning, when appropriate.