Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Help Kids in Foster Care Make a Path to College

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Help Kids in Foster Care Make a Path to College

Article excerpt

This month, students across Western Pennsylvania are celebrating high school graduation and many are preparing for college. But for students in foster care, the dream of a college education is rarely attainable.

Only 50 percent of children in foster care graduate high school, and only 20 percent go on to college. As advocates for school-age students, we know that youth in foster care face significant barriers when it comes to graduating from high school, including frequent moves, lack of supports, and involvement in a system that can be confusing and difficult to navigate.

But for youth in foster care who do overcome these barriers, college and particularly the costs associated with it too often prove to be a hurdle just too insurmountable to overcome. …

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