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Adolescent Pregnancy & Prevention

4/5/2002:   Did you know?
  • The United States has the highest adolescent pregnancy, abortion, and birth rates in the developed world.
  • Almost one million teenage girls become pregnant every year and more than half of them give birth.
  • 13% of all U.S births are to teens.
  • Studies suggest that 43% of all American girls will experience at least one pregnancy before they reach 20.
  • 6 in 10 teen pregnancies occur among 18-19 year olds.

The Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy Prevention, and Parenting Unit of the Child Welfare League of America serves as a resource and advocate for 31 Florence Crittenton agencies in the United States, in addition to other CWLA member agencies that provide adolescent pregnancy prevention and teen parenting services. For more information, including statistics, best practices, and relevant CWLA publications, visit www.cwla.org/programs/pregprev.

In addition, we are pleased to pass along information on these important events associated with adolescent pregnancy and prevention:

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
May 8, 2002 is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. CWLA is a national partner in this initiative along with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Information on this important day, including a tool kit, posters, and a quiz for teens, can be found on the organization's website at www.teenpregnancy.org.

Information on Services to Prevent Second Births to Teenage Mothers
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is conducting a study of second and higher order births to women under age 20. The Campaign is particularly interested in programs that are trying to delay or prevent such births. If you operate such a program or offer services with such an objective (or know of such programs or services), please e-mail the Campaign at campaign@teenpregnancy.org. Just a line or two about your program or services is all that is needed at this time. The Campaign is interested in any program that offers services to delay or prevent second births to teenage mothers, regardless of whether the program or services have been successful. For more information, visit www.teenpregnancy.org.

Call for Proposals - NOAPPP Annual Conference
The National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention will hold its annual conference November 20-23, 2002, in San Diego, California. The theme of the conference is Communities Connecting for Youth: Research, Trends & Innovations in Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention. Applications for proposals must be received by May 10, 2002. For more information on the conference and application guidelines, please call NOAPPP at 202-293-8370, or visit their website at www.noappp.org.

Emergency Contraception Information Campaign
March 20th was the kick-off of the Back Up Your Birth Control With Emergency Contraception Campaign. To learn more about the information campaign, go to: www.backupyourbirthcontrol.org .

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