No Time to Lose: A Policy Agenda to Support College Success for Foster Youth.
California College Pathways. John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes.
Published: January 2015
The purpose of this report is to identify specific policies and practices to help California foster youth achieve their postsecondary goals. Through extensive interviews with State and national experts, together with analysis of education and child welfare data as well as input from foster youth themselves, the report arrives on a set of 17 policy recommendations that address the barriers preventing young people from succeeding in post-secondary education. The report begins by reviewing barriers to postsecondary education for foster youth, including a lack of academic preparation, a lack of knowledge regarding the matriculation process, the lack of adequate financial aid, the need for documentation for enrollment and benefit access, barriers to completing college, inadequate access to housing during summer breaks, and a lack of data to track foster youth progress. Policy recommendations are then explained that address each of the barriers. 28 references.
foster adolescents; postsecondary education; financial assistance; academic achievement; housing; data collection; policy formation