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Children’s Home Society of NC’s New Sexual Health Education Program Launches to Early Success

Children’s Home Society of NC’s New Sexual Health Education Program Launches to Early Success
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Greensboro, North Carolina, Oct. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

Children’s Home Society (CHS) Launches SYNC Program to Promote Sexual Health for Youth in Care

In January of this year, Children’s Home Society (CHS) began offering the new and innovative SYNC (Sexual Health for Youth in Care) program with the goal of providing free sexual health education for both out-of-home teens and the professionals who work with them.

  1. Professional educators trained in SYNC:
    • 85 percent reported increased knowledge of adolescent reproductive health
    • 80 percent reported improved confidence in talking with youth about reproductive health
    • 98 percent indicated they would recommend the training to others

“Youth in care are not only navigating the developmental changes that all adolescents and young adults are experiencing, but they are dealing with the extra emotions associated with being removed from their biological families,” said Ted Sikes, SYNC Program Director for CHS. “SYNC provides us with the effective, research-based prevention strategies to improve the sexual reproductive health of these youth.”

The program has been well-received by the youth as well. Some of their feedback includes:

  • “There was nothing I didn’t like about the class. I liked everything they taught us.”
  • “You could trust the teacher. He seemed to care and want to help.”
  • “The class was good, and I felt comfortable learning.”

With Health Education Trainers across the state, SYNC utilizes evidence-based approaches that have been proven to reduce the prevalence of teen pregnancy, unhealthy relationships, and STI/STDs, while increasing self-awareness and empowering decision-making – all needs that are more prevalent with youth in care.

Youth in out-of-home care have higher rates of pregnancy, STIs, and associated sexual risk behaviors than youth living with their families. They are more likely to experience sexual violence and exploitation. Teen girls in foster care are two-and-a-half times more likely to get pregnant, while more than half of both teen girls and boys who age out of care or extend their time in care will have children before they turn 20.

Visit the Comprehensive New Website for More Information

To learn more about SYNC, visit the comprehensive new website healthysync.org. This easy-to-navigate website is a repository of resources for teens in care, resource parents and caregivers, and professionals who serve youth in out-of-home care. The website provides resources about all things teen and an easy-to-use clinic finder for those teens interested in exploring contraceptive methods all across the state. There are also mental health resources and much more.

About Children’s Home Society of North Carolina

Children’s Home Society offers a network of services and support throughout North Carolina to help establish and sustain healthy, loving relationships in every family. For 120 years, Children’s Home Society has provided a broad spectrum of programs and services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, family preservation, and youth responsibility. Children’s Home Society believes in the importance of family, not only in the life of a child, but also in the foundation of a community.

Contact Information

CONTACT: Dillard Spring

Children's Home Society of North Carolina

800-632-1400

dspring@chsnc.org

Children’s Home Society of NC’s New Sexual Health Education Program Launches to Early Success

Children’s Home Society of NC’s New Sexual Health Education Program Launches to Early Success

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

  1. SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

    • Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
    • Indicator: Increased knowledge of adolescent reproductive health among professional educators.
    • Indicator: Improved confidence in talking with youth about reproductive health among professional educators.
  2. SDG 5: Gender Equality

    • Target 5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
    • Indicator: Reduction in the prevalence of teen pregnancy, unhealthy relationships, and STI/STDs among youth in care.
    • Indicator: Increase in self-awareness and empowerment in decision-making among youth in care.
  3. SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

    • Target 16.2: End abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against and torture of children.
    • Indicator: Reduction in sexual violence and exploitation experienced by youth in out-of-home care.

Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs. Increased knowledge of adolescent reproductive health among professional educators.
Improved confidence in talking with youth about reproductive health among professional educators.
SDG 5: Gender Equality Target 5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences. Reduction in the prevalence of teen pregnancy, unhealthy relationships, and STI/STDs among youth in care.
Increase in self-awareness and empowerment in decision-making among youth in care.
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.2: End abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against and torture of children. Reduction in sexual violence and exploitation experienced by youth in out-of-home care.

Analysis

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

The SDGs that are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article are SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 5: Gender Equality, and SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

The specific targets under those SDGs that can be identified based on the article’s content are:

  • Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
  • Target 5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
  • Target 16.2: End abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

Yes, there are indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets:

  • Increased knowledge of adolescent reproductive health among professional educators.
  • Improved confidence in talking with youth about reproductive health among professional educators.
  • Reduction in the prevalence of teen pregnancy, unhealthy relationships, and STI/STDs among youth in care.
  • Increase in self-awareness and empowerment in decision-making among youth in care.
  • Reduction in sexual violence and exploitation experienced by youth in out-of-home care.

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