Inez is a thirteen year-old youth in foster care. During a regularly scheduled monthly visit, Inez tells her case manager and foster mom that she would like to talk to her doctor about birth control options but she isn’t sure what documents or information she needs to visit the doctor.
What is the Case Manager required to do?
The case manager and foster mother should collaborate to ensure that any barriers to Inez accessing reproductive health care are addressed. The case manager must ensure that Inez and her foster mother have Inez’s medical insurance information, including insurance card, doctor’s contact information and that Inez knows how to make an appointment with her doctor.
What are some best practices for the case manager in this scenario?
The case manager can let the youth know that she can ask her doctor important questions about her health and birth control options. Additionally, the case manager can share the “Know Your Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Rights” brochure with Inez, which can be downloaded along with other tools, from CDSS’ webpage for the Healthy Sexual Development Project. This youth-friendly brochure lists additional questions that youth may want to ask their doctor or healthcare professional about sexual and reproductive health.
The case manager should also inquire of the youth’s well-being. Is Inez already sexually active and is she protecting herself from STIs and pregnancy? Is she in a safe and healthy relationship, free of abuse, coercion and violence? The case manager can also provide the youth with online materials and resources about healthy relationships and birth control methods available to her. Some of these resources may be found on CDSS’ webpage for the Healthy Sexual Development Project.