The Impact of School Counseling Interventions on the Post-Secondary Options of Foster Youth

Children and youth living in foster care face a significant number of barriers that limit positive educational experiences and also prevent them from the opportunity to attend post-secondary institutions. Foster youth struggle with academic achievement due to lack of academic skills as well as risk factors that have occurred during their transition into placement. Factors that contribute to negative academic success are numerous school changes, delayed enrollment, lack of coordination between school administrators and service providers. Many state laws and government programs provide the opportunity for foster youth to improve their academics and post-secondary options.
This paper will provide an overview of barriers that prevent foster youth from achieving a positive experience. It will discuss the advocacy of school educators, service providers and caseworkers, federal and state policies that assist foster youth during their process of primary schooling and post-secondary education. An Adlerian perspective will be provided identifying how school counselors can contribute to the success of foster youth during primary schooling and post-secondary education.

Deanin Willsun
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