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Meeting the Educational Requirements of Fostering Connections

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 created a new mandate for education enrollment and stability for children and youth in foster care. This brief aims to help agency leaders, policymakers, judges, and their partners understand and respond effectively to the education requirements of Fostering Connections by reflecting on lessons learned from initiatives to improve education outcomes for youth in and leaving foster care during the past decade Read More...

National Youth in Transition Database Launches

Beginning in 2000, ACF initiated national consultations with State child welfare agencies, private agency youth service providers and current and former foster youth, to develop this data collection system. In 2008, this collaborative work culminated in the publication of the regulation implementing the data collection requirements of the Foster Care Independence Act; a reporting system we now know as the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD). Read More...

Foster Youth Education Initiative

Foster Youth Education Initiative Releases Report on Improving Opportunities for Foster Youth National Center for Youth Laws Foster Youth Education Initiative has released its long-awaited report on how California is ensuring that foster children receive appropriate educational opportunities. Foster youth frequently lack parent advocates; as a consequence, they often fail to receive the opportunities necessary to succeed in school. This report examines an emerging strategy designed to ensure that foster youth receive the opportunities they need: the creation of educational advocacy systems for foster youth. These systems provide a structure for identifying foster youth facing challenges, determining their educational needs, and ensuring that they receive appropriate support. The report outlines the common components of education advocacy systems and provides an overview of 11 different such systems across California. It also offers concrete recommendations for working to improve the educational and life outcomes of these children Read More...

Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care

Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Youth: A Key to Higher Education Access and Success is a publication supported by Casey Family Programs, the Legal Center for Foster Care & Education, NAEHCY, and other organizations. It is a manual to assist college financial aid administrators to understand and apply the provisions in the College Cost and Reduction and Access Act of 2007 to include unaccompanied homeless youth and youth in the foster care system as independent students for the purposes of applying for federal financial aid. The publication includes an explanation of dependency status questions on the FAFSA form, an overview of the foster care system and of unaccompanied youth, and scenarios to help make appropriate determinations. Read More...

Continuing in Foster Care Beyond Age 18: How Courts Can Help

There is compelling evidence that foster children who stay in care beyond the age of 18 experience more positive outcomes, and fewer negative outcomes, than those who leave at/or around age 18. Youth who remain in care after 18 have higher rates of enrollment in high school completion programs and college and better access to health care as well as lower rates of unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration. Read More...
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