"70% of California's inmates have been in the foster care system "
Sacramento Bee article by John Burton
It is believed that when a foster youth changes home placements and
or school placements that youth will lose up to 6 months worth of
education. For that reason many of the foster youth within our school
sytems are functionon below grade level. In the State of California, on
average, less than 50% of all foster youth graduate from high school.
Of those that do, less than 1% will graduate with a 4 year degree from
college. This leaves our youth in a very difficult position to find success
as adults. In fact, the satistics also show us taht within 18 months of
emancipation over 50% of the youth will experience homelessness, and
50% will end up encarcerated.
Foster youth can always use more support while in school. Whether it
be tutoring, homework help, making the connection between what they
are learning and the real world, or anywhere in between we all have
something to offer. If you are a teacher within the school system or
simply a community member wanting to help please contact us.