Help Foster Children Be Successful in School

Target: Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of Children’s Bureau

Goal: Provide more educational services and support to the nation’s foster children to ensure their success in school.

Children and teenagers who have spent time in foster care are less than half as likely to graduate from high school. These children have also scored significantly lower on standardized tests than their peers. The federal government must do more to see these children succeed.

Oregon has one of the worst graduation rates for children in foster care at 35%. This number includes not just children actively in foster care, but children who have spent any time in the system. New Hampshire and Washington state both have graduation rates of less than 50% for their population of students in foster care. States have also reported that children in foster care do worse on standardized tests by as much as 20%. How are these numbers fair to our foster children?

Foster children are more likely to face homelessness and physical and sexual abuse; they are at a higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse; they are more likely to face teen pregnancy. These are the children that fall through the cracks. Keeping these children in school helps them secure a brighter future. Providing educational resources to these students can help them be successful. We cannot continue to fail these children.

Every child has the right to an education and the federal government must do more to see this through for our foster children. Sign the petition to demand the leader of the Children’s Bureau focus efforts on the education of children in foster care.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Associate Commissioner Milner,

The United States is failing its foster children. Across the country, children who have spent any time in foster care are half as likely to graduate from high school. These children also score substantially lower on standardized tests than their peers. We must do more.

Foster children need an education just as much, if not more, than their peers. They are more likely to be homeless and jobless; they are more likely to be abused, physically and sexually; they are more likely to face teen pregnancy. We must help these children be successful in school. We must help these children graduate from high school. Basic rights apply to these children as well and we have to support them.

I urge you to focus your attention on helping these children graduate from high school and become successful adults.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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