Foster youth can face a myriad of educational barriers, challenges and hurdles during their elementary, middle, high school and college years on their path to higher education and a career. As a result, they need stability in home and school life, peer relationships and family as well as mentors to keep them motivated and on track.

  • 70% report to high school counselors they have plans to go to college.
  • Up to 71% in either kinship or guardianship care are most likely to graduate while 35% in group homes are least likely to graduate.
  • 65% change schools 7 or more times in K-12.
  • 58% graduate high school, while 3% graduate college.

A Personal Perspective on Education:

Lonnell’s Story

  • Keeping up in school is no easy task for youth in foster care, but for Lonnell, he kept pursuing his dream of going to UCLA. Lonnell is among the 3% of foster youth to graduate from college. “Sometimes you want to be different; you want to be noticed. But for me, I always wanted to be normal. Most of my life, I wanted to be like everybody else.”

    Read Lonnell’s story

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