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Educational Opportunity for Students in Foster Care

Join us for a “National Conversation” on the intersection of education and foster care that will leave you with a reasonable expectation of radical social change.


When Americans contemplate the impending debate over education reform, the majority is not likely to consider the lessons to be learned from foster care.

Research consistently suggests that childhood trauma, placement instability and myriad other factors leave many students in foster care far behind their peers in almost all academic measures. Despite this reality, stakeholders from both child welfare and education across the country are proving that tight collaboration can yield dramatic results for students in foster care. This signals an opportunity to apply these lessons to wider populations of vulnerable students struggling through similar educational impediments.

On October 18th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will begin the long awaited overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind. It is doubtful that the ensuing media coverage will focus much attention on students in foster care, creating an incredible opportunity to merge the narrative of education reform with the bright spots in a nationwide effort to improve the educational outcomes of students in foster care.

In an effort to highlight and bolster this national movement, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and Fostering Media Connections (FMC) have organized an unprecedented “National Conversation” on the intersection of education and foster care.

On OCTOBER 19th, as Congress begins to publicly grapple with education reform, teachers and students In California, researchers in Illinois and policymakers in Washington DC will share effective strategies to improve educational outcomes for students in foster care. All the proceedings will be transmitted live, over the Internet. Further, CCAI and FMC will release a report laden with research, legislative history, on-the-ground journalistic accounts and a broad range of recommendations.


Sen. Mary Landrieu: (D-LA): Co-Chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth.

Sen. Chuck Grassley: (R-IA): Co-Chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth.

George Sheldon: Acting Assistant Secretary Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rep. Karen Bass: (D-CA): Representative of the 33rd District of California

Cheryl Smithgall: Researcher Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Mike Jones: Teacher and Co-Founder of Courageous Connection in Sacramento, CA

Carey Sommer: High School graduate through Courageous Connection

Jetaine Hart: Former CCAI Foster Youth Intern and current Educational Mentor for Foster Youth at Alameda County Office of Education, Foster Youth Services


12:00 PM PST – 1:30 // 2:00 PM CST – 3:30 // 3:00 PM EST – 4:30


REPORT: (To be released Oct. 19th)

Educational Opportunity for Students in Foster Care: A Reasonable Expectation of Radical Social Change


Find a link to the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education‘s 2011 fact sheet on educational outcomes for students in foster care entitled: “Education is the Lifeline for Youth in Foster Care”


Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is a project of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). FMC harnesses the power of journalism and media to drive public and political will behind policy and practice that improve the well-being of children in foster care.

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20 responses to “Educational Opportunity for Students in Foster Care”

  1. I’d like to participate in this event. Is there a specific registration process?
    Thanks very much!
    Janie Rhoads, LSW
    Director of Family Development
    Sojourners Care Network

  2. We look forward to being on this call!

  3. […] your calendars for October 19th, for a national conversation about improving educational outcomes for students in foster […]

  4. […] webcast will be live from 3:00 p.m.–until 4:40 p.m. EST at the Fostering Media Connections web […]

  5. James McIntyre says:

    How would we receive a copy of the report. Thanks

  6. Sheri Brady says:

    I tried to join but not working for me

  7. Darlyne Hogan says:

    Educational Opportunity For Students in Foster Care

    Very informative and interesting National conversation. Thanks for including me . Educational stability is the key for the youth to become successful in life

    D Hogan,
    Department ofchildren and Families

  8. Looking forward to the webinar!

  9. Darlyne Hogan says:

    Thanks for including me in the fosteringMedia Connections.

  10. Suzanne says:

    I’m interested in reading the report mentioned above, is that available online somewhere?

  11. Nancy Caruso says:

    Could you forward the link to the report that was published on the 19th called “Educational Opportunity for Students in Foster Care: A Reasonable Expectation?” Thank you.

  12. […] and Fostering Media Connections held national conversation on foster care and education, linking policymakers in D.C. and Los […]

  13. Fostering Media Connections is doing some great work. This was an amazing town hall. I wanted to say thanks to those folks who took the time to put this together.

  14. Beverly Tran says:

    Before any discussion on educational opportunities for children in foster care may commence, someone must speak the dreaded words which have allowed our children to be denied their right to be protected from harm.

    Those words are “fraud, waste and abuse”. Child welfare is shrouded in the iron veil of secrecy, complete with immunity from prosecution in the act of filing false claims.

    As we have recently reviewed in a GAO report, far too often foster children are “illegally and wrongfully” drugged according to DOJ settlement agreements. This affects the education of a foster child.

    Poverty is codified as the crime of abuse and neglect for failure to provide for the necessary needs of the child and the child is viciously ripped from their original guardians and placed with strangers in foster care. This affects the education of a foster child.

    Building a special education funding pipeline for foster children will be futile if there continues to be no accountability and transparency. What one will find is there will be a mad scramble to make up for fiscal shortfalls by making more children eligible for the funding.

    Simply put, the number of children in foster care will significantly increase creating burdens upon existing child welfare programs.

    Why were there no original guardians at these discussions? Why was I not involved in these discussions? Allow me to participate for I am an original source.

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