Pathways to Success Initiative
Youth in foster care are at high risk of academic failure.
Children who change schools frequently make less academic progress than their peers, as each time they change schools they fall farther and farther behind (Trout et al., 2008). Children in foster care experience more school transfers, obtain special education classifications at higher rates, are retained at greater rates, and have more disciplinary actions than youth who are not in foster care (Reynolds et. al., 2009, Scherr, 2007; Stone, 2007; Trout et al., 2008). As a result, foster youth have low levels of academic achievement (Reynolds et. al., 2009; Wolanin, 2005). Furthermore, school mobility has been associated with youth dropping out of school and juvenile delinquency (Reynolds et. al., 2009).
Given the established link between the child welfare, juvenile justice, and the education systems it is imperative that these agencies begin to work in a more integrated, efficient, and effective manner to identify and change outdated policies and practices that adversely impact youth.
The Lucas County Pathways to Success Initiative is funded by the Child Welfare-Education System Collaborations to Increase Educational Stability grant in the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) through the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The focus of this initiative is to improve the educational outcomes of youth in foster care. The partnership between Lucas County Children Services, Toledo Public Schools, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, Lucas County Juvenile Court, and other community stakeholders will highlight a variety of practices and approaches that will improve educational outcomes for youth in foster care.
Lucas County Juvenile Court, 1801 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604