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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Empowering children to achieve academic success: A curriculum for kinship caregivers and foster parents
by Rivera, Karina, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 152; 1528034
Abstract (Summary)

The lack of educational achievement among children in foster care and kinship care is one of great concern. Children in foster care and kinship care are faced with the challenges that the child welfare system imposes on them as well as their mental health concerns. The purpose of this project was to develop a curriculum for foster parents and kinship caregivers aimed at helping them empower the children and youth in their care to achieve academic success. It is vital for social workers, foster parents and kinship caregivers to collaborate and advocate for these children, ultimately reducing barriers to learning and increasing their opportunities to achieve academic success. This curriculum includes three workshops that educate foster parents and kinship caregivers about the risk and protective factors that children in their care face when striving to complete their education, while providing strategies for successful outcomes. Submission of this curriculum was not required for this thesis project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pasztor, Eileen Mayers
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Individual & family studies, Curriculum development
Keywords: Academic success and foster care, Child welfare, Foster parents, Kinship and foster care, Kinship caregivers
Publication Number: 1528034
ISBN: 978-1-303-98558-4
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