Navigating the road to college can be challenging for any student. But young people in the foster care system experience unique circumstances that can make completing an education after high school even more difficult. While progress has been made at the federal and state level in helping with the transition from foster care to independence, children who have been in foster care still graduate from high school and attend college at much lower rates than students in the general population.
In its newest education brief, the Helios Education Foundation, a LEAP Tampa Bay partner, and the nonprofit Educate Tomorrow examine the challenges faced by former Florida foster youth in pursuing a post-secondary education and the best practices that are helping support this population. The brief explores the the legislative landscape around foster youth in Florida and the nation, and provides insight into how collaboration between the Department of Children and Families, the Board of Governors, the Florida College System, and the Department of Education is addressing the academic needs of former foster youth.
Click here to read the brief, Promoting Degree Attainment Among Former Foster Youth.