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The Educational Challenges Of Foster Care And Education

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Part One
Foster Care and Education Foster care is an intervention strategy that provides youth in at-risk situations with out of home placements (Lawrence, Carlson, & Egeland, 2006). Although this approach is designed to protect the overall safety of vulnerable children, foster care often has a lasting impact on youth. Out-of-home placement can cause children to develop physical, developmental, and mental health problems throughout the rest of their lives (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000). Among the many challenges suffered by children who are in foster care, however, low educational achievement has been found to have the most detrimental consequences for their future life opportunities (Jackson, 1994). For example, many young adults who attend college after departing the foster care system don’t graduate; in fact, only 5% of these individuals receive a diploma (Wright, 2013). Children who have been in foster care often qualify to receive generous grants and scholarships from their selected institutions. Although they have financial support, they still find themselves vulnerable to failure due to a lack of social support (Wright, 2013). To make matters worse, the experiences that led to their failure in school often go unnoticed in institutions throughout the United States (Wright, 2013). Increasing the overall knowledge of the foster care system in educational setting would help improve the academic performances of foster children (National Working Group on Foster
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