Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Policy analysis of the Educational Rights and Stability for Foster Youth Act of 2003
by Padilla, Lauren, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 70; 1499192
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to analyze the Educational Rights and Stability for Foster Youth Act of 2003. Findings showed that children in foster care face many challenges in their educational attainment, including problems in the educational system that deters students. Studies have revealed that children in foster care have lower overall academic achievement compared to youth in the general population including: poorer grades, less participation in extracurricular activities, lower graduation rates, higher absenteeism, disciplinary actions and grade retention. The policy's intention is to amend the way the California child welfare and school systems address these issues by creating new protocol for decision-making and mandating equity, immediate enrollment, and protection for grades and credits. Although successful in drawing attention to these issues, the policy is underfunded and failed to delegate responsibilities to specific entities leading to problems in collaboration and implementation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Goodman, Catherine
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Political science, Public policy
Keywords: California
Publication Number: 1499192
ISBN: 978-1-124-85246-1
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