From Foster Care To & Through Postsecondary Education & Training: Advances & Exemplars or….. Relationships Matter! Ohio Reach May 16, 2011
Graduating from college meant that I won. My father was wrong when he said I wouldn’t amount to anything. Most of all, it meant that I would gain the knowledge to use my experience to help other people. College meant freedom from my past and the ability to choose my future. Maria, 2008 college graduate from foster care *Photo courtesy of Orphan Foundation of America ( www.orphan.org ). 2008 Casey/OFA Scholar
Improving College Access & Success for Students from Foster Care by….. Financial Aid Options & Packaging Expanding Collaborative Partnerships Forming Institutional Supports & Systems Collaborations Spreading Information, Tools & Consultation Providing State & Federal Policy Informing
Higher Education Advocates for the Improvement of College Outcomes for Students from Foster Care
4 Federal Policies that Impact Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students Coming from Foster Care
Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments (2001) (Chafee Education & Training Vouchers/ETV )
up to $5,000 per academic year grants to current and former foster youth to help pay for college or specialized education.
ETV grants are funded by the federal government and administered by the states.
$47,000,000 est. nationally/$5,000 = +/-10,000 recipients
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (2008)
explicitly makes youth who entered kinship guardianship from foster care at age 16 or older eligible for ETV
Option for states to extend care to age 19, 20 or 21 (and receive Title IV-E reimbursements)
Increased transition planning requirements – including information about the supports and services that may be needed to achieve educational/training goals.
College Cost Reduction Act (2008)
makes clear that for the purposes of federal financial aid, an “independent student” includes a youth who is “an orphan, in foster care, or a ward of the court at any time when the individual was 13 years of age or older.”
Guardian Scholars spread (45+ in CA, NY, CO, GA, FL & IN)
FORWARD (SHSU) & Foster Care Alumni (ACC), Renaissance Scholars (CA), College Success Program (WA), Fostering Scholars (WA), Governors Scholars (WA), Foster Youth Success Initiative/FYSI (CA CC), Linkage to Education (CA), CFSP/OFA (nationwide)
Statewide higher education/child welfare systems collaborations in CA, WA, CT, MI, OH, NC,TX (see pg. 43 in Supporting Success)
Austin Community College’s Foster Care Alumni Program: “Campus Champions”
Rob ..Austin Community College Automotive Technology program student and FCA luggage drive coordinator. FCA JUMPSTART ORIENTATION 2011 4 Day Workshop Tuesday, July 12 - Friday, July 15, 2011
Supporting Success: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care (Version 2.0) A Framework for Program Enhancement Available free from Casey Family Programs www.casey.org/Resources/Publications/SupportingSuccess.htm