Begin to recognize community organizations with which you can partner to support student success in higher education. Understand strategies and models to assist with making college access and success a reality for youth who have been in foster care. Identify concrete ways to prepare youth in foster care for self advocacy in higher education.
463,000 children in foster care. 53 % were male and 47 % were female. 61% percent of youth in foster care are children of color. 9.8 years old is the median age of children in foster care (foster care includes youth from 0-18 years old). 13.3 months is the median amount of time children spend in foster care.http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/foster.cfm#outcome
5% of alumni of foster care have received their Bachelor’s degree by the age of 26 compared to 36% of the general population. 79% female alumnae of foster care reported ever being pregnant by the age of 26 and 32% reported having been pregnant before age 18. 42% of female and 74% of males was incarcerated for some time by age 26. Compared to 6% of females and 23% of males in the general population. 51% reported being unemployed. 25-36% report having been or currently being homeless. 26-30% report receiving public assistance.Courtney, M., Dworsky, A., Brown, A., Cary, C., Love, K., & Vorhies, V. (2011). Midwest evaluation of the adult functioning of former foster youth: Outcomes at age26. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall at the University of ChicagoFacts About Foster Care. www.fostercaremonth.org.
Mission: The mission of the University of Washington ChampionsProgram is to provide holistic support for youth and alumni of fostercare, ensuring academic success and preparation for lifelongachievement after graduation from postsecondary education.Objectives: Recruit diverse youth of foster care for University of Washington undergraduate programs. Support established educational services for youth in foster care in Washington State. Develop smooth transitions for students to and from the University of Washington. Provide direct support for alumni of foster care, addressing their unique circumstances and background. Build collaborative network of staff and faculty on campus to support the needs of alumni of foster care. Eliminate the stigma of foster care on campus and create an environment educated and aware about the culture of foster care.
Winter 2012 Students (N=37) Gender Mean Age Age Range 18-21 22-25 26-29 30-33 34-37 38-41 M F41% 59% 22.3 18-41 70% 14% 3% 8% 3% 3% Ethnic Description AMERICAN-INDIAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN ASIAN CAUCASIAN HISPANIC NOT INDICATED 11% 11% 24% 38% 14% 3% Class FRESHMAN SOPHMORE JUNIOR SENIOR 14% 19% 32% 35%
Current UW Champions Current UW Champions Student Alumni/Graduate Student Housing and Food Services Seattle University Financial Aid Fostering Scholars Counseling Center Vice President of Minority Affairs/Vice Provost for First Year Programs- Diversity Undergraduate Academic Affairs YMCA Young Adult Services Office of Merit Office of Minority Affairs Scholarships, Fellowships and Diversity Academic and Awards Counseling Services Undergraduate Admissions College Success Foundation UW School Social Work Faculty Treehouse Casey Family Programs
Seattle University Fostering Scholars Seattle Everett Central Community Community College College Vice President of Campus-Based Minority Support Affairs and Programs Diversity Financial College Success TRiO/EOP Aid Foundation Centralia Spokane Falls Community Community • Governors College Scholarship College • Passport Scholarship • Destination Office of Graduation MeritScholarships UW Campus Counselingand Awards Support Center Scholarship Food and Programs First Year Housing Programs Services Outreach and Admissions Education Casey Family Advocacy Programs Liason Childrens Administration Community Agencies UW School of Social Work YMCA Center Treehouse for Young • High School Adults Foster Care to and Middle • Independent 21 Liason School Prorgams Living Program • SET-Up Dean and MSW Faculty Practicum Program
What financial aid package is used for alumni of foster care at your college? Does it consider the added costs of attending college for foster youth (year-round housing, for example)? Is there an Independent Living Program alumni of foster care can access? How do students affiliate with a program like the Educational Opportunity Program or TRiO on your campus? Are there other programs and resources that would be beneficial to youth and alumni of foster care on your campus?