Placed at Risk by the System: The Educational Vulnerability of Children and Youth in Foster Care



Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World, Children’s Issues, Laws and Programs
BISAC: EDU034000

The book’s premise is that not only do children and youth in foster care comprise a population very much at risk for school failure but also that this group of youngsters is perhaps the most educationally vulnerable population in our schools. Much needs to be done, in a comprehensive and coordinated way, if we are to give these individuals the opportunity for educational achievement. Case studies of very young children to young adults ready to emancipate from child protective services are interwoven throughout the volume to illustrate the significant barriers that put them at risk of educational failure. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including specific issues associated with the educational plight of the birth through high school population, legislative efforts and efforts by the legal community to increase focus and oversight of the schooling experience, and strategic efforts by the schools, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to improve their practice and provide appropriate supports and services to enhance prospects for educational success and adult development. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface pp.vii-x

Acknowledgements pp.xi-xii

About the Authors pp.xiii-xiv

Introduction pp.xv

Chapter 1. At-Risk Populations pp.1-10

Chapter 2. Barriers to Learning and Achievement pp.11-28

Chapter 3. Unique Issues Related to Special Age Groups within the Child Welfare System pp.29-44

Chapter 4. Laws Affecting the Education of Children in Foster Care
Chapter 5. Promising Practices pp.61-82

Chapter 6. Lessons Learned pp.89-94

Epilogue pp.89-94

References pp.95-112

Index pp.113-122

Audience: Professionals and students in: Social Work (interested in child welfare; family and youth), Education (interested in Hi-Risk populations), Advocacy Groups, Politicians interested in supporting Child Welfare

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