Presentation focuses on importance of educational stability for kids in foster care
WHY: Nearly two-thirds of former foster youth surveyed by Casey Family Programs in a national alumni study experienced seven or more school moves from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Schools moves for foster youth often results in an unnecessary loss of school credits, which contributes to a dismal foster youth high graduation rate of roughly 50 percent, according to data compiled by the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education.
Of the 39,403 Colorado children and youth involved in an open involvement with the Colorado Department of Human Services in SFY 2011, 70% were school-age children or teens. During that same time period, 65% of the 7,320 children and youth in out of home placement, were school-age children and teens.
WHERE: Colorado Education Association – First Floor – Columbine Room
1500 Grant St., Denver, CO
WHEN: Monday, March 4, 2013
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHO: The Colorado Children’s Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators led by Caucus Co-chairs Sen. Linda Newell – D, Sen. Kevin Lundberg – R, Rep. Jonathan Singer – D, and Rep. Janak Joshi – R.
Members of the Sixty-ninth General Assembly Colorado Children’s Caucus include:
Rep. Kathleen Conti (R), Rep. Rhonda Fields (D), Sen. Angela Giron (D), Rep. Millie Hamner (D), Sen. Rollie Heath (D), Sen. Mary Hodge (D), Sen. Evie Hudak (D), Sen. Mike Johnston (D), Sen. John Kefalas (D), Sen. Andy Kerr (D), Sen. Steve King (R), Rep. Tracy Kraft – Tharp (D), Rep. Jeanne Labunda (D), Rep. Jenise May (D), Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D),Rep. Cherylin Peniston (D), Rep. Ray Scott (R), Rep. Spencer Swalm (R), Sen. Gail Swartz (D), Sen. Nancy Todd (D) and Rep. Dave Young (D).
- A panel of seven Colorado foster care youth will share their personal stories and educational experiences growing up in Colorado’s child protection system, as well participate in a Q & A with Colorado Children’s Caucus members
- Brian Brinkerhoff, Colorado CASA – State Coordinator
- Sheree Conyers, Colorado Department of Education – Foster Care Education Program Manager