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Practice Priorities

  • Develop evidence-informed training for middle and high school counselors regarding unique needs and resources for foster care youth in pursuing post-secondary education

  • Develop evidence-informed training for on-campus college personnel regarding unique needs and resources for foster care youth and alumni pursuing post-secondary education

  • Develop evidence-informed framework for on-campus support programs for foster care youth and alumni

  • Enhance on-campus support programs, services, and resources for foster care youth and alumni, and provide support to expand programming across colleges and universities

  • Improve access to and retention in post-secondary education for foster care youth and alumni

Research Priorities

  • Use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to examine processes and outcomes of post-secondary support programs for foster care youth and alumni

  • Examine pathways to higher education for foster care youth

  • Conduct longitudinal analyses of educational, vocational, and psychosocial outcomes of foster care youth and alumni

  • Assess student satisfaction with post-secondary support programs for foster care youth and alumni

  • Facilitate data sharing across institutions to examine and compare outcomes

  • Evaluate pre-college programs for foster care youth

  • Examine the implementation of policies impacting foster care youth and alumni in higher education

Policy Priorities

  • Advocate for the expansion of tuition and fee waivers nationwide

  • Advocate for funding to support post-secondary education options for foster care youth and alumni

  • Advocate for increased and allocated funding from Chafee Program to support pre-college and on-campus support programs and the evaluation of these programs

  • Advocate for year-round Pell Grants and extension of Pell Grans for students who are foster care youth and alumni

  • Advocate for funding, support, and directives regarding data collection related to foster care youth and alumni in higher education