In This Report, You’ll Learn
- Why educational stability is critical for youth in foster care.
- Facts about graduation rates among youth in foster care.
- Personal stories of youth in foster care struggling through school.
- Ideas for helping these students gain greater educational stability.
In 12 fast-paced pages, this report shares the stories of 10 young people who faced constant hurdles and havoc while trying to advance their education in foster care. It champions the same cause — a consistent classroom setting — as its sister publication, Sustaining Momentum: Improving Educational Stability for Young People in Foster Care.
Introducing the (always) new kids in class
Findings & Stats
A Dream Unrealized
More than 80% of 17- and 18-year olds in foster care want to attend college. Just 20% do.
Growing Up Without Graduating
Only half of young people in foster care finish high school before they age out of the foster care system at age 18.
Just 2 to 9% of youth in foster care will head to college and eventually earn a bachelor’s degree.
Statements & Quotations
One thing is clear: these young people got where they are despite, not because of, the systems set up for their care.
It’s harder to succeed than to fail in the system. You shouldn’t have to put in so much work just to get an education.
– Michale Peno, former foster care youth
None of the kids I know who were in my situation succeeded in education, and a lot of them are in jail.
– Maurissa Sorensen, former foster care youth
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