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Predictors of High School Completion and College Entry for Foster Youth

Ann Wrixon blog on High School completion rates for foster youth

The most important points for from this study are the following:

a. “the number of months youths spent in care after age 18 was significantly associated with the odds of finishing high school. Each month in care past age 18 increased the expected odds of completing high school by about eight percent.”

b. “In particular, adults who had gone to college and whom foster youths turned to for advice and tangible support were particularly influential in increasing the chances that youths entered college. The finding of this related analysis that took a more detailed look at social support suggests that connecting foster youths with adults who possess the knowledge and skills to help them get into college can increase their chances of actually going. This is important because, during the follow-up interviews at age 19, about half of the respondents interested in going to to college said that they had not received enough help with the concrete steps needed to enroll in college.”

Memo from CalYOUTH: Predictors of High School Completion and College Entry at Ages 19/20. Chapin Hall Issue Brief (August 2017), University of Chicago.

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Predictors of High School Completion and College Entry

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