Identifying Needs of Youth in Foster Care and Juvenile Justice: Adapting Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs through a Trauma-Informed Approach

Thursday, May 10, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET


Registration open through 5/9/2018 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


The health risk factors for teen pregnancy and STI/HIV specific to youth in foster care, juvenile justice, and other court-involved youth is expansive, including early initiation of sexual intercourse, high rates of unprotected sexual activity, substance misuse, adolescent relationship and interpersonal abuse, and mental health diagnosis. These young people not only experience many adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), but also have specific life and situational constraints that make implementing existing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs (EBPs) challenging. Health Care Education and Training (HCET) has successfully delivered evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention and positive youth development (PYD) programming to court-involved youth and youth in foster care for over six years and has identified and addressed implementation challenges by developing adaptions through trauma-informed approaches. This webinar will identify and describe specific challenges for delivering adolescent pregnancy prevention programming for youth in foster care and juvenile justice and use data-to-practice for the development of adaptations to existing EBPs and the development of new EBPs.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify current data and adolescent pregnancy risk and protective factors specific to youth in foster care.
  • Discuss all stages of the program planning process to ensure the intervention reflects the needs of youth in foster care and juvenile justice.
  • Describe curriculum selection and adaptation process, particularly using a trauma-informed approach.
  • Learn skills for effective program implementation and evaluation.


Leigh Zaban is the Director of Community Programs and Partnerships at Health Care Education and Training (HCET). HCET is an organization of passionate people who are proactive in their believe 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 and clinics, juvenile detention centers, foster care agencies, and county courts, and they have become nationally recognized for their 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, and taught in public schools in the Twin Cities prior to moving to Indianapolis.


There is no fee for this event.


This webinar is intended for individuals and organizations that work with youth, including parents, health and social service providers, magistrates and other court staff, educators, social workers and other mental health care professionals, physicians, nurses, public health administrators, and youth serving professionals.

Support provided by

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) HHS-2015-ACF-ACYF-AK-0984 and the Serve Indiana Kids Program through an FSSA TANF Block Grant Program.

This webinar is hosted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health's Region 5 Adolescent Health Network.

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