Reproductive Justice for young Black women aging out of foster care

Sara Matsuzaka, Colleen C. Katz, Alexis Jemal, Svetlana Shpiegel, Nathali Feliz

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In this paper, we apply the reproductive justice framework to discuss how gendered racism disadvantages pregnant and parenting young Black women aging out of foster care. Specifically, we highlight the reversal of Roe v Wade as reflective of the United States’ long legacy of efforts to control Black women’s reproduction. We then discuss the structural factors contributing to the reproductive injustices of young Black women aging out of care, including a lack of access to sexual and reproductive health education, barriers to educational attainment, and foster care-based relational and placement deficits. We conclude with research, practice, and policy enhancements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-439
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2024


  • Aging out
  • Black women
  • foster care
  • gendered racism
  • reproductive justice


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