Q: Katrice, a 14 year-old in foster care, asks her social worker how she can get free condoms as she is sexually active but does not want to get pregnant. Her social worker provides Katrice with information about a local health clinic that provides free condoms, no questions asked. Katrice visits the health clinic and gets condoms and later her foster mother finds the condoms. The foster mother demanded to know how Katrice got the condoms, and Katrice tells her that the social worker assisted her. The foster mother is now angry and tells the social worker that she is going to file a complaint with the county agency.
A: The case manager should inform the foster parent of the youth’s right to have access to confidential reproductive health care services, including contraception. Case managers will not have disciplinary action taken against them for doing their job and fostering the youth’s rights. It is the case manager’s duty to provide the youth with age appropriate medically accurate information and resources about reproductive health care, unplanned pregnancy prevention, abstinence, use of birth control, abortion and the prevention and treatment of STIs.
This scenario is from the CDSS-issue policy guidance, A Guide for Case Managers: Assisting Foster Youth with Sexual Development and Pregnancy, page 13.
- California Department of Social Services. A Guide for Case Managers: Assisting Foster Youth with Healthy Sexual Development and Pregnancy Prevention (2017). http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/BTB24-2J-5.pdf
- California Department of Social Services. All County Letter 16-82 (2016). http://www.chhs.ca.gov/Child%20Welfare/CDSS%20ACL%2016-82.pdf