According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), there are approximately 435,000 youth in foster care. Youth in foster care face a range of barriers to academic success. They are more likely to be suspended or expelled, experience higher rates of school absence, and typically change schools or move more frequently, which has been linked to negative educational outcomes due to attendance.
Only 55 % of youth in foster care had earned a high school diploma by age 19, and only about 3% earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to the national college completion rate of about 33%. Among young people aging out of foster care, unemployment rates are as high as 69% compared to only about 10% of young people ages 16 to 24 who are not in foster care.
For youth-focused resources geared towards youth with experiences in the juvenile-justice and foster-care systems, checkout AYPF’s Youth Council Microsite.
This forum explored critical elements at the intersection of policy and practice for supporting systems-involved youth on a pathway to long-term success.
This forum focused on research findings and the role of policy in ensuring youth in the foster care system can navigate their own pathway to long-term success.
This forum focused on how research evidence informs foster youth medication policies and the ways in which research evidence is used across states and communit…