Sunday, June 26, 2016

DC's teen birth rate at historic low, says DC Campaign

The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy announced June 23 that
the city's teen birth rate is at the historic low of 28 births per thousand girls 15 to 19 years old according to KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Children born into families started by teens face serious obstacles that include family instability leading to involvement with the juvenile justice and foster care systems, school failure and persistent poverty.

Led by DC Campaign, local youth-serving organizations banded together to achieve a dramatic 57.7 percent teen pregnancy rate reduction in 2005 and are well on the way to achieving the lowest teen pregnancy rate in District history. While the teen pregnancy rate is arrived at by a formula that adds teen births, abortions and fetal deaths divided by population, the teen birth rate reflects the actual number of births to teens.

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was founded in 1999 with the mission of cutting the teen pregnancy rate in half in Washington, DC.

Questions about the data, teen pregnancy prevention, or local public policies re: teen pregnancy?   Contact the Campaign's ED Brenda Miller, (202) 789-4666 x3.

June 27 update: This information is about the teen birth rate and not teen pregnancy rate; I had the wrong info in the title. Apologies.

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