No foster child left behind: Child welfare policy perspectives on education

Nora S. Gustavsson, Ann E. MacEachron

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Youth in foster care are at risk for negative educational outcomes, yet child welfare can only indirectly address these outcomes. The educational policies of the No Child Left Behind Act and Blueprint for Reform, President Obama's proposed plan to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reaffirm the positive role for multilevel parental involvement in achieving gains for disadvantaged youth. After reviewing what is known about the educational outcomes for youth in care, we examine both child welfare and educational legislation in terms of the needs of vulnerable youth. The conclusion offers recommendations on how parental involvement may be utilized as a potentially powerful force for change for youth in care, as well as specific actions state agencies and individual schools can take to support foster youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-281
Number of pages6
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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