The Children's Administration Foster Parent Team works to problem solve and build support for a positive foster care culture. Please use this roster to connect with the Representative from your area. Be sure to attend local CAFPT meetings so your voice will be heard.
With all the reforms to the way children come into or stay out of the foster care system, one thing remains clear, kids in care are traumatized on some level. We believe that over time, as the system does a better job keeping kids with their families by providing the supports those families need, it will be the most traumatized kids that stay in the foster care system. It is our job as foster parents to be prepared to handle the challenges these kids face. Chances of a foster parent getting an allegation are about 1 in 7.
This accumulation of research helps to illustrate that foster students are one of the most at-risk groups for poor school outcomes. Prior abuse or neglect, abandonment, and death or incarceration of a parent can impact the social, behavioral and educational trajectory of youth in foster care. While there have been a number of efforts at both the state and federal levels to improve the prospects of foster students,1 there is still a need for consistent benchmarks and common definitions to monitor progress and track education outcomes for this population.