The training is intended to equip staff with best policies and practices across several focus areas to improve the organization’s capacity to comply with legal requirements set forth in the California Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act (Senate Bill 89), licensing standards, and best practice regarding the reproductive and sexual health rights of foster youth.
This course provides:
• An overview of the laws and advocacy movement that mandates this training
• Review of the sexual and reproductive rights of youth and non-minor dependents (NMDs) in foster care
• An outline of the duties and responsibilities for case workers and caregivers outlined in the law
• Information and instructions for the new case plan documentation mandates
• Tips and skill-building activities about how to engage with young people regarding their sexual and reproductive health and wellness
• Practice in locating and accessing appropriate sexual and reproductive health resources, information, and services for youth and NMDs in care
By the end of this course the participants will:
1. Participants will be able to identify and describe the rights of youth and non-minor dependents in foster care as related to:
(a) sexual and reproductive health care and information (as well as their right to consent to such care);
(b) confidentiality of sensitive health information; and
(c) the reasonable and prudent parent standard to create and support normalcy.
2. Participants will be able to describe the duties and responsibilities of the assigned case manager and the foster care provider to ensure youth and non-minor dependents in foster care have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education, services, and information.
3. Participants will be able to explain how to select and provide appropriate referral resources and informational materials regarding reproductive and sexual health including medically approved contraception.
4. Participants will be able to explain how to document sexual and reproductive health issues in a child welfare case plan, including documentation that the:
(a) young person received comprehensive sexual health education,
(b) young person was informed of their sexual and reproductive health care rights, and
(c) case worker facilitated access to sexual and reproductive health care information and services.
5. Participants will be able to explain how communication (age and developmentally appropriate, LGBTQ-inclusive, and culturally-sensitive) and practice approaches (positive healthy development, trauma-informed, and strengths-based) apply to youth and their sexual and reproductive health.
Source: California Social Work Education Center. (Ed.). (2019). Sexual and Reproductive Wellness in Foster Care. Berkeley, CA: California Social Work Education Center.