Academic journal article Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling

Placed at Risk by the System - the Educational Vulnerability of Children and Youth in Foster Care

Academic journal article Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling

Placed at Risk by the System - the Educational Vulnerability of Children and Youth in Foster Care

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Placed at Risk by the System - The Educational Vulnerability of Children and Youth in Foster Care Zetlin, A., & Weinberg, L. (2013). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers. Pp. xvi & 122 $55.80

The authors, Drs. Andrea Zetlin and Lois Weinberg, are well qualified and experienced to author this fine publication. Both have doctorates in special education. They have been professors in this field for many years. Besides teaching, they have years of experience working as change agents within the community to improve and enhance services and education for students involved in foster care, the juvenile justice system, and youth who have disabilities.

The subject of this book involves children and youth in the foster care system and how these youngsters are at high risk for failure within the school system. This population is highly vulnerable for poor achievement in schools throughout this country. Zetlin and Weinberg outlined a comprehensive plan to improve success through coordinated efforts among schools and various community service providers to help foster youth in their educational achievement and diminish the high risk of failure.

A strength of this book is that these researcher practitioners viewed the problem and potential solutions through the eyes of the foster youth they have studied and worked with over the years. As stated by Dr. Sandra Altshuler in the Preface: "They have the passion for supporting the educational needs of students living in foster care" (p. vii). Another strength and highlight of this publication are the case studies presented throughout the book to bring the material to life. The cases involve children and youth who have been neglected and abused, exposed to drugs, have learning disabilities, behavioral issues, and so forth. Some of these children had been abandoned. Foster children "represent one of several high-risk populations of students whose life circumstances negatively impact their opportunity to learn, achieve, and prosper" (p. …

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