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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Foster Care. Presentation to the State Board of Education January 24, 2005 Tracy L. Wareing Policy Advisor for Human Services Office of Governor Janet Napolitano Ruth Solomon Assistant Superintendent for Policy Arizona Department of Education.
Presentation to the State Board of Education
January 24, 2005
Tracy L. Wareing
Policy Advisor for Human Services
Office of Governor Janet Napolitano
Assistant Superintendent for Policy
Arizona Department of Education
All youth face challenges in adjusting to different curricula, teachers, peers, and expectations, yet…
Foster Youth face additional challenges:
From focus group by Youth Law Center in California
“Perhaps the single most important thing that each of us can do to improve the educational outcomes for foster children is to ensure that their school placement remains stable. Historically, change of placement of the child has meant an almost automatic change of school. Yet for every school change, a child experiences serious loss and suffers academically.”8
Uninterrupted Educational Access and Stability for Youth in Foster Care
1Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles (a project of the LA Superior Court)
2Courtney, Mark. (2004). Educational Experiences of Children in Out of Home Care. Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.
3Molly Herzog, Director of Project People, cited in The Connection: News and Information from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, Summer 2004, Vol. 20 No. 2
4Temple, J. A., & Reynolds, A. J. (1999). School mobility and achievement: Longitudinal results from an urban cohort. Journal of School Psychology, 37(4), 355-377.
5Robert Goerge et al., (2002) Employment Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care. Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.
6Burley, M. & Halpern, M. (2001) Educational Attainment of Foster Youth. Washington State Institute for Public Policy (Document #01-11-3901)
7Molly Allen, Teens Aging Out of Foster Care in Oregon: The Importance of Transition Planning, Juvenile Rights Project, p. 8, June 2004
8Heybach & Winter (1999). Improving educational services for foster children: An advocate’s guide. Chicago: Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago