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ERIC Number: EJ893726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
Foster Care Experiences and Educational Outcomes of Young Adults Formerly Placed in Foster Care
Havalchak, Anne; White, Catherine Roller; O'Brien, Kirk; Pecora, Peter J.; Sepulveda, Martin
School Social Work Journal, v34 n1 p1-27 Sep 2009
This study contributes to the body of research on the educational outcomes of young adults who were formerly placed in foster care. Telephone interviews were conducted with 359 young adults (a 54.6% response rate). Participants must have been served for at least one year by one private foster care agency in one of its twenty-two offices. Results indicated that young adults from this study completed high school at a rate higher than most foster care follow-up studies find and comparable to that of the general population. However, few respondents had completed any postsecondary education, and many had dropped out of educational or training programs. Some foster care experiences were found to significantly predict educational outcomes among the respondents, including feeling safe in care, receiving supplemental foster care services, number of placements, and number of social workers. Recommendations for policy, practice, and systems improvement are also provided. (Contains 5 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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