Structuring policies and practices to support educational resilience of foster youth


BY: Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW; Beth Gerlach PhD, LCSW; Catherine LaBrenz. Child and Family Research Institute, The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

Foster youth have poor educational outcomes compared to youth not in foster care due to frequent moves while in care and lack of caregiver stability. Drawing on resilience theory, this paper presents a conceptual framework for structuring policies and practices to promote educational resilience of foster youth. Practices and policies from states are highlighted as well as future directions.

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