Inputs and Outcomes: PREP Programs Serving Youth in Foster Care - PREP Snapshot

May 10, 2018
Topics:
Youth Services
Projects:
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Multi-Component Evaluation, 2011-2018 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports
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Introduction

This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that reported at least half of the youth they served were in foster care. PREP, which aims to reduce teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors, is administered by the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Funding is awarded to states and territories through formula grants (State PREP), and through a competitive process to tribes and tribal entities (Tribal PREP) and to direct service providers in states and territories that did not take State PREP funding (Competitive PREP).  

Research Questions

  1. 1 Where are programs that primarily served youth in foster care implemented?
  2. 2 What are demographic and behavioral characteristics of youth in programs that primarily served youth in foster care?
  3. 3 What are the sexual intention outcomes of youth in programs that primarily served youth in foster care?

Purpose

This brief is one in a series that will inform stakeholders and the public about the PREP program.

Key Findings and Highlights

Forty-six programs across 16 states reported primarily serving youth in foster care. These programs served about 5,000 youth each year, largely through foster care settings. Most youth in these programs reported being White or Black or African American, and most were ages 15 to 18. About two-thirds of youth reported being sexually active before entering the program. After PREP, more than one-third of the youth in these programs reported they were less likely to have sex in the next six months, and a large majority reported they were more likely to use condoms and birth control if they have sex.

Methods

PREP grantees submit performance measures data to ACF each year. These findings are based on performance measures data submitted by State PREP, Tribal PREP, and Competitive PREP grantees for the 2014–2015 reporting period.

Citation

Murphy, Lauren, Susan Zief, and Lara Hulsey (2018). “Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Snapshot —Input and Outcomes: PREP Programs Serving Youth in Foster Care.” OPRE Report # 2018-46. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Glossary

PREP
Personal Responsibility Education Program
SPREP
State PREP
TPREP
Tribal PREP
CPREP
Competitive PREP
Last Reviewed: May 8, 2018