Teaming Up with Juvenile Courts to Support Adolescent Reproductive Health


February 5, 2019

1:00pm - 2:00pm CT

2:00pm - 3:00pm ET


Registration is open to 2/1/2019 10:45 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


The risk for teen pregnancy and STI/HIV specific to court-involved youth is expansive, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), early initiation of sexual intercourse, high rates of unprotected sexual activity, substance abuse, dating and interpersonal violence, and mental health diagnoses. In 2015, employees in a large urban juvenile and family court in the Midwest recognized early, unplanned pregnancy as a key issue for adolescents they encountered and decided to act. As a result, the HCET Healthy Teen Connections (HTC) program was born. HTC provides one-on-one trauma-informed education and counseling to teens to help empower and inform their decisions about reproductive and sexual health and connect them to adolescent-friendly health care. This webinar's in-depth discussion will explore the “why’s” and “how’s” of this innovative, collaborative court-based approach to teen pregnancy prevention programming, focusing on building supports and increasing teen agency. Participants will leave with at least one actionable “next step” for building partnerships with courts to improve adolescent health.


Attendees will leave this webinar able to:

  • Identify key stakeholders when partnering with juvenile and family courts.
  • Explore all stages of the program planning process to ensure the intervention reflects the needs of adolescents in foster care and juvenile justice.
  • Understand successes, challenges, and lessons learned through a review of Healthy Teen Coordinator (HTC) pilot year data.
  • Learn skills for partnering with courts to improve adolescent health and well-being.


Leigh Zaban, M.Ed, Director of Community Programs and Partnerships, Health Care Education and Training (HCET)

Leigh Zaban is the Director of Community Programs and Partnerships at Health Care Education and Training (HCET). HCET is an organization of people who are proactive in their belief that access to evidence-based, medically accurate reproductive and sexual health education, training, and care is a fundamental right. Serving the Great Lakes region (IN, WI, IL, MN, MI, OH), HCET supports direct service providers to deliver the highest quality care tailored to their agencies and communities. Since 2004, HCET's adolescent programming has been delivered in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, hospitals, clinics, juvenile correctional facilities, foster care agencies, and county courts, and HCET is nationally recognized for its innovative work with court and systems-involved youth. Prior to joining HCET, Ms. Zaban served as the State Adolescent Health Coordinator at the Indiana State Department of Health. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and taught in public schools in the Twin Cities prior to moving to Indianapolis.

Amanda Reuter, MSW, LSW, Youth Development Team Leader, Adult & Child Health

Amanda Reuter is the Team Leader of the Youth Development Program at Adult & Child Health. Adult & Child Health (A&C) is an agency that delivers life-enhancing physical, social, and behavioral healthcare services. A&C strives for caring communities, where every child, adult, and family have the opportunity to live healthy, happy lives. Since 2011, the A&C Youth Development program has delivered evidenced-based programming and developed innovative interventions for system-involved youth around sexual and reproductive healthcare. Ms. Reuter, born and raised in Indiana, is committed to serving youth in the community that she loves. Prior to supervising the Youth Development program at A&C, Ms. Reuter served as a staff therapist for system-involved transitioned aged youth. She holds her Masters of Social Work from Aurora University.


Registration for this webinar is free for all HCET grantees.


Registration is $25 for all other registrants.


This webinar is intended for HCET adolescent health partner staff, youth workers, educators, social workers, parents, case managers, advocates, and anyone who works or interacts with children and adolescents.

Supported By

Support for this project is provided by Youth in Focus and Health Care Education and Training, Inc. (HCET) through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) HHS-2015-ACF-ACYF-0984; Serve Indiana Kids program through an FSSA TANF Block grant program.

About Us

HCET's mission is to provide comprehensive program development, education, and training to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes.

About Youth in Focus



Youth in Focus is a collaborative of youth development experts who provide powerful, practical, brain-based training to professionals who work with youth and their families. While all young people require nurturing relationships, vulnerable or at-risk young people need them most. That's why Youth in Focus aims its efforts at the people whose skills are truly make-or-break for young people: teachers, counselors, police officers, court personnel, foster parents, and community-based youth workers of all kinds.

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