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Educational Issues and Services in Out-of-Home Care
Resources and information about educational issues and services for children in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
Common Myths About the Education Rights of Children in Foster Care (PDF - 65 KB)
Education Law Center (2002)
Facts to dispel misperceptions about the rights of foster children to enroll in a school outside of their parents' district, the transfer of school records, documentation for enrollment, and the implementation of Individualized Education Programs.
Education Is the Lifeline for Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 313 KB)
National Working Group on Foster Care and Education (2011)
Shares research findings on the positive impact of education on foster youth and the negative impact of changing schools, delays in school enrollment, and inconsistent school attendance. Promising programs are highlighted throughout.
Education Issues Webpage
National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues
Webpage dedicated to the educational needs of foster children and other vulnerable youth.
Educational Experiences of Children in Out-of-Home Care
Chapin Hall Center for Children (2004)
Findings from a study assessing the educational performance and experiences of youth in out-of-home care.
Casey Family Programs
A video and curriculum for anyone assisting youth in care with their educational needs.
Expanded Access to College Financial Aid for Former Foster Youth (PDF - 80 KB)
Voice for Adoption (2010)
Provides information on a Federal law (P.L. 110-84) that makes it possible for teens in foster care to be adopted without losing eligibility for college financial aid.
The Fostering Connections Act: Ensuring Educational Success
Barron, Gold, McNaught, & Stotland (2009)
Links to a webcast hosted by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices that outlines the education provisions in the Fostering Connections Act and discusses national and State efforts to implement those provisions.
Supporting Success: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students From Foster Care: A Framework for Program Enhancement (PDF - 1658 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2010)
Provides guidelines to college counselors, administrators, professors, and staff for starting, building, and refining an approach to supporting students from foster care.
State and local examples
Advocating for the Educational Needs of Children in Out-of-Home Care: Training Curriculum for Child Welfare Caseworkers and Supervisors (PDF - 499 KB)
Ward & Herrick (2010)
Provides Colorado child welfare caseworkers and supervisors with the tools to enable them to advocate for the educational needs of children in the child welfare system. Also see the manual. (PDF - 10,066 KB)
First Look: Foster Youth Education Outcomes in Four California Counties (PDF - 411 KB)
Stuart Foundation, Center for Social Services Research, & California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (2011)
Examines how youth in out-of-home care are performing in school compared to their peers who are at home by linking child welfare and education data in four California counties.
Step Up for Students
Helps guardians and parents in Florida access the best school option for children who are in foster care or who are homeless by awarding scholarships based on eligibility criteria.