Fostering Success: Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in/From Care.
Rutman, Deborah. Hubberstey, Carol.
University of Victoria (B.C.). School of Social Work. Research Initiatives for Social Change. Vancouver Foundation.
xiii, 53 p.
This report discusses the findings of a study that explored what helps and what hinders youth in care from completing high school and strategies that are being employed in British Columbia and elsewhere that focus on youth in care’s connection to and successful completion of high school. For the study, a literature review was conducted, 20 former youth in care were interviewed, and interviews were conducted with 34 informants from British Columbia and other jurisdictions who were knowledgeable about the education of young people in care. Findings indicate: youth in care understand the importance of education; youth in care value school as a place of stability, connection, and safety; youth in care value and need consistent adult allies; relationship-based and individualized wraparound approaches are critical; systems working together, and working closely with caregivers, make a difference to educational outcomes; transition supports, including to postsecondary education, need to be flexible and responsive; there is a need to create long-term goals and actions plans; there is a need for cross-ministry and cross-sectoral leadership; formal protocols provide direction; and the option to stay in care longer can make a difference. Recommended action items are provided for each of the findings. 63 references.
foster adolescents; postsecondary education; academic achievement; education; guidelines; youth engagement; interagency collaboration; wraparound services; childs attitudes; British Columbia; Canada; barriers