Plotting a Path to Success after Foster Care
The overall graduation rate for foster youth fell from 64.6 percent in 2019 to 55.3 percent in 2020. Education outcomes for foster youth are going in the wrong direction. Less than 3% graduate from a 4 year college, and high school drop out rates are 3 time higher for foster youth than other low-income children. Foster youth face a special set of challenges outside the classroom that causes a great impact on their academic performances. So what is being done in our states to encourage foster youth to pursue college or vocational training? Some states are providing our youth with innovative and evidence based services, but this is not happening consistently across or within states. All states need to support our youth who are transtioning from foster care through support and services up until the age of 26.
1. Extended Foster Care
2. A safe and stable home
3. Reunification with family of origin prior to leaving program if possible.
4. College and Career Readiness Program
5, Physical and Mental Health
6. Finacial Literacy