Entering the foster care system can catapult a youth’s academic career into a devastating tailspin marred by too many new-kid-in-the-classroom transitions. This report highlights the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s four-year effort to counter such educational instability. It highlights key lessons learned and leaves readers with specific recommendations and next steps for continuing Casey’s work. The goal? Give these youth the support and security that they need to succeed in school — and the world beyond.     

September 24, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How youth in foster care face unique educational challenges.

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    Successes, to date, in promoting school stability for these youth.

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    About the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.

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    Opportunities to improve educational continuity for these youth.

Key Takeaway

The 2008 Fostering Connections to Success Act brought the educational struggles of foster children into sharp focus

The good news? Since 2008, we’ve made great progress in securing greater educational stability for youth in foster care. The not-so-great news? We can (and must) do more. In this report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation outlines critical next steps — everything from strengthening legislation to rethinking school suspension policies — to guide funders and agency leaders in their efforts to help these students succeed in the classroom.  

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