Do care-leavers give birth to care-leavers?

What happens to children-looked-after when they leave care? Do they face further vulnerabilities? Is the vulnerability transferred to the next generation?

A new paper (Robert et al., 2017) shows that young people in and leaving state care are more likely than the general population to become parents at a young age. The paper used data from the Wales Adoption Study to show that 27% of birth mothers and 19% of birth fathers, whose children were placed for adoption, were themselves care- leavers. The results highlight the need for better information and preparation of children in state care for parenthood, as well as more support when they become parents.