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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Academic achievement among foster care children with a disability: A grant proposal
by Robles, Bertha, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 55; 1472370
Abstract (Summary)

In the past 20 years within the United States, youth in the foster care system have increased by at least 50% with more than 500,000 living in out-of-home care. More than 12% of foster care children 6 through 14 years old have a documented disability. Approximately 30% to 40% of children who are in foster care receive special education and are more likely to drop out of school and not attend higher education. Positive role models can greatly impact the lives of children with disabilities who are in foster care.

The purpose of this project was to identify a funding source and write a grant proposal to fund a mentoring program that will positively impact the academic performance of children with disabilities who are in foster care. The Student Mentors Achieving Results Team (SMART) program will be administered by Disabled Student Programs and Services at Long Beach City College. The mentees in the program will consists of middle school-aged children (6 th grade-8th grade) who are in foster care and have a learning disability. College students with learning disabilities will serve as the mentors. Actual submission and/or funding of the grant were not required for the completion of this project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn K.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Special education
Publication Number: 1472370
ISBN: 978-1-109-47645-3
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