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Caregivers, School Liaisons, and Agency Advocates Speak Out about the Educational Needs of Children and Youths in Foster Care

Andrea Zetlin, Lois Weinberg and Nancy M. Shea
Social Work
Vol. 55, No. 3, Children, Youth and Adolescent Issues (July 2010), pp. 245-254
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23719080
Page Count: 10
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Caregivers, School Liaisons, and Agency Advocates Speak Out about the Educational Needs of Children and Youths in Foster Care
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Abstract

Children in foster care comprise a population of students at great risk for school failure. The child welfare agency, schools, and home must all work together to provide the services and supports required to achieve better results. The purpose of this study was to conduct focus groups with participants from each sector to discuss their views on the educational problems and needs of students in foster care and their recommendations for what is needed to improve the academic prospects of foster students. The article provides details of the distinct themes identified by caregivers, school liaisons, and agency advocates and reveals how each group—while recognizing that foster students face substantial school problems—operates independent of each other and lacks a shared view on what is needed. The article concludes with recommendations for designing a model program that involves all the sectors and provides an arena for strategically addressing barriers to school success.

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