Outline to Improve the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students from Foster Care.
Jones, Maria Garin.
Foster Care to Success.
Published: August 2014
This report discusses the need for foster youth to have every advantage as they transition to adulthood and the importance of providing supports and resources to encourage the completion of postsecondary education and training to facilitate entry into career-focused employment. Section 1 highlights efforts in California, Washington State, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, and Arizona that have actively engage broad groups of stakeholders and young people in comprehensive planning and cross-systems collaboration to address the disparities which exist between foster youth and their non-system peers. Following sections describe the barriers young people from foster care experience in postsecondary education and why youth fare so poorly, and offers recommendations about what the fields of child welfare and higher education need to do differently to change the educational trajectories of this vulnerable group and advance a national movement that prioritizes the improvement of postsecondary educational outcomes for youth in foster care.
foster adolescents; child welfare reform; POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION; FOSTER CARE ALUMNI; INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS; academic achievement; barriers