Hardwired to connect
Teens in foster care may face additional challenges in making decisions around relationships because they are living in a temporary setting and often lack permanent caring adults or mentors in their lives. One of the biggest obstacles for helping teens with relationships is finding a holistic integration of programs like child welfare programs, teen pregnancy prevention programs, and relationship education programs.
Relationship education is vital to support these efforts by bringing a greater knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of youth in foster care that are associated with healthy relationships to assist them in developing positive relationships.
The positive relationships youth have are important because they will enhance the development of their well-being into adulthood. Having the skills to manage healthy intimate partner relationships can make a difference as youth make decisions.
Read more about relationships:
Putting Youth Relationship Education on the Child Welfare Agenda: Findings from a Research and Evaluation Review
Am I in a healthy relationship?
Teenrelationship.org offers a free dating relationship quiz.
What qualities do you consider as being part of a positive relationship?