Babies of adolescents in CPS care more likely to be taken into care
Elizabeth Wall-Wieler, from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and colleagues determined if adolescent mothers who were in the care of CPS (576 mothers) when they gave birth to their first child were more likely to have that child taken into CPS care before the child's second birthday than adolescent mothers who were not in the care of CPS (5,366 mothers; April 1998 through March 2013).
The researchers found that adolescent mothers who were in care had greater odds of having their child taken into care before the child's second birthday (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 7.53). Their children had higher odds of being taken into care during multiple specific time periods, including in their first week of life (aOR, 11.64), between 1 week and their first birthday (aOR, 3.63), and between their first and second birthday (aOR, 2.21).
"Findings support an intergenerational cycle of involvement with CPS," the authors write. "More and better services are required for adolescent mothers who give birth while in care of CPS."
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