Casey Family Programs and the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law have launched a national clearinghouse on the educational needs of foster youth. Its activities will include national surveys on relevant issues, a bank of online resources and regularly scheduled conference calls to discuss timely subjects related to foster care and education, according to the ABA.
The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education will draw on resources and data from the National Child Welfare Resource Center and the Juvenile Law Center.
According to the center, 54 percent of young adults who age out of care have completed high school. Among the issues impeding the education of foster youth is their frequent moves among foster homes, which often means transferring to new schools.
Contact: (202) 662-1000, http://www.abanet.org/child/education/home.shtml.