Helping Former Foster Youth Graduate from College: Campus Support Programs in California and Washington State

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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

This report explores campus-based support programs that seek to remove barriers that former foster youths often face enrolling in and graduating from college. It deals with subjects that range from how former foster youth may be less prepared for college because of numerous disruptions in their pre-college education, to the harsh reality that most foster youths cannot depend on their parents or relatives to help them pay for college. The report includes information gleaned from directors of campus support programs, who lament how child welfare systems fail to encourage foster youth to go to college or to provide them with adequate information about postsecondary education. Free, 77 pages. (773) 753-5900,