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Foster care in the United States. There are over 600,000 children in foster care in the U.S.More children enter each year than leaveAverage stay = 21 monthsMost children experience multiple placementsThe number of children entering the system is increasing by 10% a year. Foster care

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1. Foster care & financial aid Zoë Blumberg Corwin 213-740-2881 [email protected]

2. Foster care in the United States There are over 600,000 children in foster care in the U.S. More children enter each year than leave Average stay = 21 months Most children experience multiple placements The number of children entering the system is increasing by 10% a year

3. Foster care & education Approximately 75% of children in foster care work below grade level Approximately 50% complete high school Of those, approximately 15% attend college Of those, approximately 1% attend graduate school (Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, 2004)

4. Within two-four years post emancipation: 51% are unemployed 40% are on public assistance 25% become homeless 20% are incarcerated at least once (Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, 2004)

5. Financial aid paradox for foster youth: Financial aid exists Students can not/do not access aid

6. Financial aid available to foster youth Federal FAFSA Chafee grants State Fee waivers BOG (CA) ILP monies Local Scholarships University sponsored programs Renaissance & Guardian Scholars

7. Challenges to obtaining financial aid for college Low rates of high school graduation Lack of information Misinformation Different financial aid needs Unmet need Housing

8. Addressing the problem Education Coordination Council Citywide effort to enhance communication between various agencies providing servies to foster care and probation youth (education, mental health, DCFS, probation) United Friends of the Children College counselor dedicated to foster youth Citywide event with breakout sessions for foster youth Brochures and flyers for dissemination

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