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June 30, 2014

Federal Government Takes Critical Step to Ensure Educational Stability for Foster Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

During his time in foster care, Jarrett changed schools six times. One of these moves occurred three weeks before the end of the semester. Because his school records didn’t arrive at his new school on time, Jarrett was not granted permission to take final exams or complete final projects for his courses. His GPA plummeted from 3.6 to 1.4 due to the missing coursework.

There are countless other foster youth like Jarrett—youth who are bounced from living placement to living placement, typically changing schools each time.

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June 12, 2014

Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates Create Guide to Higher Education Success for Foster Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Increasing the number of foster youth who graduate from college is a critical goal. As we know, earning a bachelor's degree creates a path to job stability, success, and higher earnings—a path that should and must be open to these youth.

In an effort to meet this goal, our Youth Fostering Change Youth Advocates devoted their 2012-2013 program year to helping foster youth in Philadelphia better plan their educational futures.

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June 03, 2014

Former Foster Youth Now Eligible for Free Health Insurance

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We're excited to announce the launch of our new campaign, Covered Til 26 PA. This campaign will help former foster youth and child welfare professionals take advantage of a new provision of the Affordable Care Act, allowing them to receive free medical insurance up to age 26.

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