For the almost 500,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States, a quality education is vitally important. It not only provides children with a roadmap for future success, it can also serve as a positive counterweight to abuse, neglect, separation and instability.
Produced by the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, this 14-page fact sheet provides statistics and research about the educational issues affecting children in foster care.
Topics covered include:
- National foster care data
- School placement stability and enrollment issues
- Academic outcomes
- Special education issues
- Mental, emotional and behavioral issues
- High School completion rates
- Postsecondary preparation, entrance and completion
- Social and economic issues
- Supportive factors
- Early childhood education and early intervention