Indiana (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Indiana Department of Child Services has announced the creation of FosterEd: Indiana, a statewide program that hopes to improve the educational success of children in foster care.
The program will employ 16 regional education specialists and a statewide manager to ensure foster children receive the educational opportunities they need to succeed in school, and in life.
“In establishing this statewide program, Indiana has made an important commitment to Indiana’s foster children,” said Jesse Hahnel, director of the national FosterEd Initiative. “Foster children experience tragically poor educational outcomes, even compared to other disadvantaged youth. This program will ensure every foster child has an educational champion and a plan for educational success.”
Only 1.8 percent of former foster children get a college degree, compared to 24 percent of the general population.
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