Helping Students in Foster Care Stay in School

Posted February 5, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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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