Sexual Wellness Within The Alaskan Foster Care System Essay
The number of Alaskan foster youth is at a record high; just over 2,700 children are in foster care (Dobbyn, 2015). Foster youth are at a disproportional risk to contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and experience unwanted pregnancy (Hudson, 2012). Foster youth, in general, state the major reason why these issues exist is a lack of education and relationships with healthcare providers (Hudson, 2012). Alaska has high rates of STIs, which also greatly increases the risk of Alaskans contracting STIs (Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health, Section of Epidemiology, 2015). Education is an effective method for increasing knowledge about sexual wellness and reducing incidents of negative sexual outcomes, such as STIs and unwanted pregnancy (Armstrong, Fonner, Kennedy, Reilly, and Sweat, 2014). The authors decided to create a teaching project specifically for foster youth in Alaska to improve education on STIs and pregnancy and to identify resources available to the youth for further education and testing.
The authors of this paper were able to work with a non-profit organization called Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA). FFCA hosts quarterly retreats which 30-50 Alaskan foster youths ages 16-21 attend. The authors proposed giving an informational presentation in a classroom setting at the retreat center. Amanda Metivier, the Executive Director of FFCA, met…