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ERIC Number: EJ779973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-9
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
California Community Colleges Help Foster Dreams
Andom, Mary
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n11 pA31 Nov 2007
California community colleges have a new program that provides advocates for former wards of the state. The program is the statewide Foster Youth Success Initiative, which this fall placed liaisons at all of California's 109 community colleges. The liaisons serve as advocates, helping foster youth tap into resources such as scholarships, housing, and life-skills programs. Many states now offer financial assistance in the form of scholarships or tuition waivers to former foster children. Of the 80,000 children in California living in foster care, about 4,000 age out of the system each year, according to a 2006 study at the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Social Services Research. The rates of foster youth attending college are dismal. Nationwide, less than 50 percent complete high school and less than 10 percent enroll in college, according to research from the Casey Family Programs. Of those who do attend college, less than 1 percent graduate. [This article was produced by Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington, DC.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California