What Will This Handbook Tell Me?

Pregnant and Parenting Teens
1. Introduction


What Will This Handbook Tell Me?

All young people face choices that affect their sexual health. Young people in foster care are in the same boat as other teens and young adults when it comes to the complicated decisions they have to make. In order to make choices that are right for you, it's important that you have all the information first. This handbook is designed to let you know what your legal rights are as a young person in foster care when it comes to sexual health, pregnancy and parenting.

This handbook raises questions that many people need help answering. The most important thing to remember is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Your lawyer or social worker can always talk to you about these issues confidentially and can refer you to a number of great health education resources. At the end of this handbook, you will find a directory of health care providers throughout New York City who provide free or low- cost sexual health and pregnancy-related care to young people, confidentially.

It is important for all teenagers to know that you have the right to get certain kinds of health care even if you don't want to tell your parent, foster parent, or caseworker about it. This handbook outlines what you need to know about when you can get health care on your own and how to keep your health care decisions private.