The research is clear: Our current system of educational supports is failing youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This wide-ranging report outlines the issue’s challenges, legislative landscape and promising evidence-based interventions. It closes with a clear call to action for all child-serving agencies: Collaboration is essential, and everyone has a role in helping these vulnerable students succeed.

May 17, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems struggle academically.

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    Six principles that should drive education reform for these youth.

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    Legislation aimed at improving education outcomes for these youth.

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    How child welfare, juvenile justice and education agencies can work better together.

Key Takeaway

Educating youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems requires a multisystems approach

The bottom line? Child welfare and delinquency agencies can’t do it alone and are falling far short in addressing the educational needs of youth in America’s juvenile delinquency and foster care systems. All agencies tasked with serving these vulnerable youth must come together — and work together — to help these students succeed.  

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