Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Educational Advocacy for Children in Foster Care: A Grant Proposal
by Nakayama, Mari, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 68; 10262381
Abstract (Summary)

There have been several federal and state legislations that were passed to ensure children in foster care receive educational equality. More specifically, federal and state laws are in place which requires child welfare agencies and school districts to ensure children in the child welfare system to continue at their school of origin. However, frequent school mobility remains an ongoing challenge. As a result of sudden separations from their birth and resource families, children experience educational instability and a disruption in their natural mentorship network. Furthermore, children and youths who experience frequent school transfers result in decreased school attendance, low academic performance compared to their peers, and a lower rate of successful high school graduation. The purpose of this project was to develop a grant for the Miles for Education Transportation Program: transportation and natural mentorship program for children and youths in the child welfare system to continue at their school of origin and preserve relationships with their natural mentors in the school setting. The overall goal of the program is to ensure minimal school disruption, increase the high school graduation rate of youths in the child welfare system, and the preservation of natural mentors in the children and youths’ education social network. The actual funding and submission of this grant proposal were not requirements for the successful completion of this project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Campbell, Venetta
Commitee: Mayers Pasztor, Eileen, Ramney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 10262381
ISBN: 978-1-369-71573-6
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