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Foster Awareness: Statistics, News, & Advocacy




Foster children by placement settings

Foster children by race/ethnicity

Advocacy, Reports, White Papers


Sworsky, Amy, Cheryl Smithgall, and Mark E. Courtney. 2014. “Supporting Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care, Issue Brief 1: Education Programs.” OPRE Report # 2014-66. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

SchoolHouse Connection. 

United States, Government Accountability Office. (2016, May). Higher Education: Actions Needed to Improve Access to Federal Financial Assistance for Homeless and Foster Youth: Report to the Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

This report presents the findings of a study that examined college enrollment and completion for foster and homeless youth, the extent to which challenges these youth face affects their ability to pursue college, and the extent to which program barriers hinder these youth from obtaining federal financial assistance for college. Recommendations are made for centralizing college information for these youth on the Department of Education’s website, clarifying Education guidance, and considering legislative proposals to simplify federal requirements for homeless and foster youth.