Helping Students in Foster Care Stay in School

Posted February 6, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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It has been five years since Con­gress passed the Fos­ter­ing Con­nec­tions Act. The act pro­vid­ed impor­tant guid­ance to two sys­tems: Child wel­fare and edu­ca­tion. The gist of its mes­sage: Keep kids in the same school when they are removed from their fam­i­lies because of abuse or neglect. If you must move them, ensure there are no bar­ri­ers to imme­di­ate enroll­ment in their new schools. Con­sid­er extend­ing fos­ter care — includ­ing its edu­ca­tion­al ben­e­fits — to kids up until age 21. And pro­vide more finan­cial help for post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion for young peo­ple who have spent time in fos­ter care.

We’ve seen progress over five years but more work is still need­ed to help chil­dren in fos­ter care do bet­ter in school. Casey con­tin­ues to be involved in efforts to sup­port school sta­bil­i­ty. Why? Because chang­ing school fre­quent­ly has been shown to reduce achieve­ment — and chil­dren in fos­ter care deserve bet­ter. For more information:

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