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.
- February 28, 2008
Youth With Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions
Synopsis:The purpose of this report is to provide policymakers, primarily at the federal and state levels, with information about youth with disabilities in fo…
- November 1, 2006
Serving Older Youth through a Comprehensive Out-of-School Time System: Lessons from the AYPF Philadelphia Field Trip, May 2006
SynopsisIn May of 2006, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) led a field trip to Philadelphia, Pa., in an effort to expose Washington, DC policymakers to the…
- November 1, 2005
SynopsisAYPF conducted site visits to San Diego, California in May 2003; Cleveland, Ohio in December 2003; New York City, New York in January 2004; and Boston,…
- March 22, 2005
SynopsisThe report builds upon research previously conducted by the Urban Institute and an extensive survey of youth court programs conducted by the National Y…