Positive school experiences can counteract the negative effects of abuse, neglect, separation and lack of permanency experienced by more than 400,000 U.S. children and youth in foster care.

See this data-rich publication, compiled by the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (a project of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law) in partnership with the Education Law Center and Juvenile Law Center for up-to-date statistics and a review of policy, practice, laws and promising programs impacting the success of children in foster care.  This publication consists of four sections that can individually or collectively inform advocates, policymakers, agency leaders, and other key stakeholders. These four sections are:

  1. A brief data at a glance summary about the educational outcomes of students in foster care;
  2. A summary of select federal policies that support educational stability and success and increased data collection and reporting;
  3. A comprehensive review of the studies and research related to the education of students in foster care, with accompanying citations; and
  4. An overview of some promising data-supported programs or interventions around the country designed to benefit students in foster care.


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