The Healthy Sexual Development Project
The Healthy Sexual Development (HSD)
Workgroup was formed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) in
February of 2016 to address concerns regarding youth and non-minor dependents
in foster care and their reproductive health.
workgroup was formed with the goal of producing a statewide pregnancy
prevention plan for foster youth and non-minor dependents and to create
other informational resources regarding healthy sexual development.
The workgroup includes stakeholders from CDSS, the
California Department of Health Care Services, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, the Child Welfare Directors
Association, Chief Probation Officers of California, Foster Care Public Health
Nurses, Planned Parenthood, National Center for Youth Law, Children’s Law Center of California, John
Burton Advocates for Youth, Child Welfare Council, Children Now, California
Youth Connection, Youth Engagement Project, Independent Living Program
coordinators, and various foster family agencies and group homes, resource
parents, Court Appointed Special Advocates and our valuable former foster youth. If you would like to be a part of this workgroup, please email the project's mailbox -
According to research presented by Power to Decide (formerly known as the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy), youth and young adults in foster care are at an increased risk, and twice as likely as their peers not in foster care, to have an unintended pregnancy, a higher birth rate, and/or to contract a sexually transmitted infection.