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Meeting the Educational Needs of Students in the Child Welfare System: Lessons Learned from the Field

July 2012, Advocates for Children of New York: Over the last decade, child welfare agencies and advocates have begun to recognize that the students they serve need access to greater educational opportunities, and that education is critically important to child wellbeing, permanency planning and a successful transition to adulthood. In particular, best practices research has consistently identified education advocacy as an effective strategy to improve school stability and educational outcomes for this population of vulnerable youth. This report offers insights from one program, called Project Achieve, which pairs Advocates for Children of New York (“AFC”), a non-profit that provides education advocacy to low-income students in New York City, with local foster care and preventive services agencies. The report explains how Project Achieve works and examines its long-term impact on the children and families served by these agencies, the people who work there and the city’s child welfare system itself. Link to Report

Kids Count Data Book 2012: State Trends in Child Well-Being

2012, Annie E. Casey Foundation: Since 1990, KIDS COUNT has ranked states annually on overall child well-being using an index of 10 indicators. Over time, we changed some of the indicators to replace weaker measures with stronger ones, but the overall scope of the list remained consistent. In this year’s Data Book, we have updated our index to take advantage of these advances in knowledge and the availability of new state-level data to create a more robust tool to better serve the needs of the field. Reliable state-level measures of childhood mental health, juvenile justice involvement and child maltreatment are either not regularly collected or are not collected in a sufficiently comparable form for inclusion in this index. Link to pdf Data Book