These standards, issued by the Child Welfare League of America, present guidelines for best practice with pregnant adolescents and young parents. The standards describe comprehensive community-based service delivery systems, social work services, health services, and residential services. Recommendations are provided for comprehensive service systems, roles of the child welfare agency, social work services needed during pregnancy, marriage counseling, adoption services, social work services for young parents and their child, medical care, foster family care, and group living facilities. The standards have been revised to focus attention on both parents, married or unmarried. Revisions also address prevention of adolescent pregnancies, decisions about pregnancy, services for young fathers, collaboration between agencies and disciplines, and the continuation of services after the baby is born. Numerous references.
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