Educational Advocacy Resources
Publications - Other Organizations
"Educating Children in Foster Care": Published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the report provides a brief overview, with some background, about the academic performance of children in foster care, and a description of what researchers have identified as major systemic obstacles to their academic success.
"Education Is the Lifeline for Youth in Care": Fact sheet published by the National Working Group on Foster Care and Educational Advocacy in July 2011.
Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: Guidance published by the US Department of Education, amended July 2004. The act ensures that children are entitled to continued enrollment in their home school or immediate enrollment in a new school. It also provides a stream of federal funding for an array of supports including, but not limited to, tutoring, transportation and cash assistance. Communities nationwide have applied McKinney-Vento eligibility to young people who have run away from a foster home, group home or other placement and to children in a number of temporary living arrangements including shelter, foster homes, group homes and evaluation centers.
Education of Homeless Children and Youth – A Guide to Their Rights: Published by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in June 2011
Educational Experiences of Children in Out-of-Home Care: Published by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, this report presents findings from a mixed-method study assessing the educational performance and experiences of youth in out-of-home care. The report says that while a portion of the academic problems of students in care stems from experiences prior to their entry into care, their academic challenges are compounded by the fact that they are clustered in lower-performing schools. Other factors: school mobility and poor communication among school staff, caseworkers and foster parents further impede their educational progress.
A Road Map for Learning: Improving Educational Outcomes in Foster Care: Published by Casey Family programs, the guide provides a framework for collaboration across federal, state and local legal, educational and child welfare systems. The meat of the report is in pages 1-69. Sections 2 and 3 contain best practices and resource information as well as handouts and checklists.
"Tips for Accessing Educational Supports for Youth in Out-of-Home Care": Published by the Child Welfare League of America, this two-page summary and overview of the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act contains links to a complete copy of the legislation and the latest guidance from the Department of Education. www.cwla.org/programs/housing/mckinneyvento.htm
“What Teachers and Educators Can Do to Help Youth in Foster Care": Published by Foster Care Month to educate teachers about the special needs of foster youth. "Treating these young people with understanding will go a long way in helping them to manage their behavior and you to manage your classroom."
America’s Literacy Directory: A searchable directory of programs that provide help with math, reading, writing and GED preparation as well as a directory of GED test centers.
American Bar Association Legal Center for Foster Care and Education: Serves as a national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in the foster care system. Through the Education Webpage, the ABA provides complete and in-depth information on the topic of educational needs of vulnerable children, including children in foster care and homeless children. See also the "Partner Perspective" article the organization authored for an issue of The Connection magazine.
College Scholarships.org: This site lists several scholarships available for young people who are or who have been in the foster care system.
Education Resources for Youth in Foster Care: Provided by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Education Training Voucher (ETV) program: Awards grants to current and former foster youth to help pay for college or specialized education. ETV grants are funded by the federal government and administered by the states.
Foster Care to Success: "America's College Fund for Foster Youth"
FosterClub: The national network for young people in foster care. Their Transition Toolkit to help youth along with their adult supporters take inventory of their current assets, identify their resources and map out a plan. They also provide a tool called Permanency Pact which guides youth in assembling positive, kin-like relationships with supportive adults.
Fostering Connections Resource Center: A gathering place of information, training and tools related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections law.
National Center for Homeless Education: Provides additional resources to meet the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty: Monitors and enforces compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act. It provides technical assistance to attorneys, service providers, parents and educators to ensure that homeless children gain access to public school. The site’s resources include issue briefs, law practice briefs, fact sheets and the links shown below.