School Engagement and Youth Who Run Away from Care: The Need for Cross-System Collaboration

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Chapin Hall Center for Children

Chapin Hall researchers give voice to youth who have run away from their foster care placements and the adults who care for them. It examines the factors and systems that influence the school engagement of such youth: experiences as individuals, in biological and foster families, and in the child welfare and education systems.

They find missed opportunities by foster parents, professionals and the youths themselves to support the youths’ educational aspirations, and conclude that youth in out-of-home care need strong advocates to help them navigate the educational system. Free with registration. 27 pages. (773) 753-5900,