Thursday, November 19, 2009

Creating Campus Supports for Foster Youth in College

A research brief by The Advisory Board Company for Casey Family Programs looks at resources and support services to help foster youth transition to life at college. Key observations and best practices for support foster youth and their degree completion emerged from a review of the practices of several institutions, mainly from the West Coast. Recommendations include:
  • Provide financial, academic, and emotional/social support
  • Designate a full-time point person for foster youth support
  • Build an advisory committee and solicit feedback from foster youth students to inform programming
  • Provide year-round, on-campus housing for foster youth
  • Avoid siloing of activities for foster youth, instead integrating them into the university community
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