Foster Youth: Supports for Success.
CSBA Governance Brief
California School Boards Association.
Published: May 2016
This brief is designed to help California school boards better understand the specific challenges foster youth face, and the support that will will help foster students succeed. It also includes information drawn from surveys of 33 former foster youth who have enrolled in higher education. The brief begins by describing the trauma foster youth can experience when they are removed from their homes due to substantiated claims of abuse or neglect and how these out-of-school challenges can directly affect academic success. The high rate of school mobility faced by foster youth is noted, as well as its impact on academics. Following sections discuss external and internal factors that can help foster youth overcome barriers to attain educational success, the importance of social support in helping foster youth transition to college, the establishment of foster students as a targeted subgroup under the Local Control Funding Formula that allows dedicated funding toward improving outcomes of foster youth, and the importance of foster youth data. Questions and considerations for school boards are then listed. 29 references.
California; foster adolescents; academic achievement; education; promising practices; policy formation; placement stability; postsecondary education