National Working Group on Foster Care and Education
To ensure successful educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care across the country, 10 organizations have joined together as the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education. In addition to CWLA, the National Working Group includes
This effort grew out of joint recognition that only with collaboration could practice, policy, and cultural changes take place that will support educational stability and achievement as priorities in the lives of children and youth in care and for those responsible for their well-being. The National Working Group is committed to heightening awareness of the educational needs of children and youth in care and to promoting best and promising practices and reforms across educational, child welfare, and juvenile and family court systems.
The goals of the Working Group are to promote
The National Working Group is committed to multiyear efforts to reach its goals.
- educational stability for children and youth in foster care;
- seamless educational transitions for children and youth when education changes do occur;
- high quality educational experiences, expectations, and aspirations for young people in foster care; and
- greater national attention to the disparate educational outcomes for young people in foster care, particularly children and youth of color.
Priorities for 2006
To learn more about the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, contact Susan Weiss, Casey Family Programs, at SWeiss@casey.org or 206/282-7300.
- Advance knowledge of emerging state policies and strategies designed to improve educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care.
- Promote best and promising practices and cross-system collaboration.
- Heighten visibility of the education issues for children and youth in foster care in publications, on the web, at key national conferences, and through trainings and technical assistance.
- Disseminate members' tools and resources in the field.
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