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ERIC Number: EJ1137377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2325-7466
Foster Youth Who Have Succeeded in Higher Education: Common Themes
Lovitt, Thomas; Emerson, John
Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, p18-23 Win 2009
All young people, including foster youth and youth with disabilities, can succeed academically given adequate support and advocacy from educators, professionals, and their caregivers. Casey Family Programs (, a Seattle-based national operating foundation that has served children, youth, and families in the child welfare system since 1966, interviewed eight former foster youth who recently graduated from college. With only about 3% of former foster youth earning a college degree (Pecora et al., 2005), these eight students had clearly beaten the odds. Their perspectives on going to college and obtaining a degree despite numerous barriers presents an opportunity to learn how other young adults like them might be better supported. During the course of conversations and correspondences with them, 15 major themes concerning college success and a general outlook on life emerged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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