ERIC Number: ED477390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Practices: School to Career and Postsecondary Education for Foster Care Youth. A Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners.
Workforce Strategy Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Focus of this guide is a project to identify best practices and programs in preparing foster care youth for career opportunities and economic self-sufficiency. Foster care program context is described as an economy characterized by jobs clustering into two categories (high wage positions with a continuing career pathway and low wage entry-level jobs) and the potential to use existing resources in the education, welfare, and social support systems. Previous research identified five key elements of pathways: (1) introduction to career and educational options; (2) preparation for college entry standards; (3) career-related work experience; (4) transition to postsecondary education and career employment; and (5) social supports. Research and analysis of foster care programs and policies found: (1) multiple services (skill building/tutoring, work experience, academic counseling/introduction to college, career counseling, mentoring, scholarships/financial assistance, employment training, transportation); (2) a large potential pool of available yet untapped resources (secondary education, postsecondary education, foster care-specific, other public); and (3) the need for a comprehensive long-term college and career preparation strategy (program development that includes the key elements of pathways, policy development). Descriptions of 11 current foster care programs include summaries of provided services. Three current programs are described that incorporate a program design encouraging continuing movement along a pathway and a connection to a larger system offering supportive resources. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Planning, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Counseling, Employment Opportunities, Foster Care, Foster Children, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Secondary Education, Student Financial Aid, Transitional Programs, Work Experience Programs, Youth Opportunities
For full text: http://www.aecf.org/publications/pdfs/promisingpractices2.pdf or http://www.workforcestrategy.org/publications/promisingpractices2 .pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Workforce Strategy Center, Brooklyn, NY.