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ERIC Number: ED574531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 44
Reality and Resiliency: The Educational Needs and Strengths of Former Foster Youth. Feature on Research and Leadership. Vol. 2, No. 2
Fox, Heather L.
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Each year an estimated four in every one-hundred children in the United States are victims of child maltreatment. The vast majority of these children endure the challenges associated with being uprooted from their homes and separated from their parents and/or guardians. Among these are the challenges of succeeding in school once they enter, and exit, foster care, and overcoming myriad educational obstacles from a place of instability and uncertainty. This article is meant to present the realities of education, especially postsecondary education, given the challenges faced by foster youth. This article begins with an overview of the foster care system and then turns to obstacles related to accessing and completing postsecondary education faced by former foster youth (FFY). This article advocates for a strengths-based, resilience-focused approach to improving postsecondary outcomes for FFY.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Illinois Community College Board
Authoring Institution: Illinois University, Office of Community College Research and Leadership