Students in foster care are often the most vulnerable students in the school system. Many are struggling with personal, familial and educational problems (Fram & Altshuler, 2009) associated with maltreatment or neglect, lack of support from family members and caseworkers, as well as frequent school disruptions (Havalchak, White, O'Brien, Pecora & Sepulveda, 2009).
Going to school can be a mixed experience for children and young people in care. Generally, they want to be at school and want to do well. Schools can provide a stable and safe environment that can contribute positively to their development and wellbeing.
Through the Partnership Agreement: Educating Children and Young People in the Care of the State, the Department of Education and& Training and the Department of Communities (Child Safety Services) have made a commitment to work together to improve the educational and life outcomes of children and young people in care. These departments have a shared responsibility and role in enhancing the educational participation, retention and attainment of children and young people in care.
This page was last reviewed on 13 Feb 2013