More than 20,000 American children were placed in group homes unnecessarily and for longer periods than they should, at higher cost to taxpayers and often to the kids’ detriment, according to data from 2013, the latest available.
Those findings are at the heart of the Kids Count report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Even though both research and federal law now emphasize keeping children who suffer from abuse or neglect with relatives or in foster homes, some states still put more than a quarter of those kids in group placement, the study found.
A leading college access expert says the RU Ready for Work model holds great promise for increasing the number of young people who enroll in college.
“I think if we’re going to solve issues around increasing college attainment and closing gaps in attainment across groups, we really do need the involvement of a whole range of different players in this,” said Laura W. Perna, a higher education professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and founding executive director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, or AHEAD.
RU Ready for Work program administrators didn’t have to go far to create summer jobs for students. Having program participants work on campus helps to “demystify what college is.”
At long last, there is good news about ways to help youth in foster care and those who have been in custody in the juvenile justice system as they move into adulthood.
Intensive, individualized care based on clinically sound practices can improve young people’s financial and emotional well-being and improve their chances of getting housing, a study of a transitional living program in Tennessee has found.
The Center for Sustainable Journalism (CSJ) has been awarded $250,000 by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support building awareness of foster care and substance abuse prevention and intervention, two of the foundation’s funding priorities.
“Over the next three years, the organization aims to improve the lives of more than 275,000 boys and young men of color,” MBK Alliance press materials say. “In the longer term, it plans to directly affect at least five million boys and young men of color.”