By age 21, one in three girls in foster care will give birth. These alarming numbers are proof that targeted education is necessary to overcome the stigma and challenges relating to early and unplanned pregnancy prevention. In response, the Board of Supervisors passed a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to implement the “California’s Plan for the Prevention of Unintended Pregnancies for Youth and Non-Minor Dependents,” better known as “The Plan.”
“The harms experienced by both young parents and their children come at a great expense. Worse, however, are the human costs of a lost childhood and a displaced future due to circumstances that could have been prevented with proper medical care and sex education,” said Supervisor Solis. “Today, we’re asking the County to help us ensure these girls can become the best they can possibly be. With guidance, education, and support for them, I am confident we can achieve that.”
Supervisor Kuehl added, “To me this motion can be summed up in one word: Opportunity. It’s about making sure that girls in foster care have the necessary information to make informed decisions about actions that will ultimately affect their education, their employment, their aspirations and their readiness to start a family. We want them to know that the trajectory of their life could be dramatically altered by an unintended pregnancy.”
“The Plan,” derived from the California Department of Social Services, outlines the responsibilities of social workers and probation officers with respect to reproductive health care information for our youth in foster care. Supervisors have tasked the Department of Children and Family Services and Probation, in consultation with the Health Agency, to implement “The Plan’s” guidelines and develop a strategy to explore tools, public-private collaborations, and a communications plan in an effort to lower the rates of unplanned and early pregnancy amongst our foster care teens.
Teen childbearing cost the United States nearly $10.9 billion in 2008, with child welfare system expenses accounting for $2.8 billion of this amount. According to recent findings from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, several factors put youth in foster care at risk for early pregnancy including: a history of abuse and trauma, concerns about using birth control, lack of guidance, and a lack of reliable relationships with trusting adults.
During Hispanic Heritage Month this year, Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, will recognize constituents of Hispanic descent who have contributed to their community in the 38th Assembly District.
Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin has been recognized with the 2021 Award for Career Excellence in Memory of Mark E. Keane, a prestigious award given to one honoree each year from nominations of city managers across the country and around the globe.
As you drive around Santa Clarita, do you ever wonder what work is being done at your neighborhood park? Or when the new Sheriff’s Station will be complete? Maybe you want to go ice skating at The Cube or find out what issues are going before the City Council. There are several ways you can discover what’s going on in your city.
Mission Valley Bancorp announced Monday a net income of $1.6 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021, compared to net income of $398 thousand, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2020.
The Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District will hold its Regular Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 4, beginning with a closed session at 6:00 p.m., followed immediately with open session at 7:00 p.m.
1935 - Newhall deputy Archie Carter sentenced to 1 year in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after his wife fatally shot his 20-year-old mistress (the age of majority was 21). [story]