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Journal of Public Child Welfare: 'Educational services for children in foster care: common and contrasting perspectives of child welfare and education stakeholders'.

1:2, pp 53-70, 2007, USA

Most literature on the education of foster youth focuses on their individual outcomes and characteristics. A small body of literature documents a lack of collaboration between the child welfare and education systems. This study explores commonalities and differences in perspectives between child welfare and education system stakeholders. It draws on findings from a multi-county exploratory study on educational services for foster youth in the USA. Findings identify several systemic barriers including placement instability within the child welfare system, limited financial resources of schools and poor interagency communication. In addition, differences in the perceptions of school and child welfare agency personnel regarding the needs of foster children in school, problems encountered in enrolling children in school, and the role and motives of each agency in addressing these needs and problems are identified. These differences point to the challenges involved in improving communication and collaboration between the two systems, as well as the opportunities to improve educational services to children in foster care.
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Title Annotation:Education
Author:Stone, Susan; D'Andrade, Amy; Austin, Michael
Publication:Adoption & Fostering
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2007
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