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2006 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 11, No. 4
September 2006

Key Points from this Issue

  • Many kids involved with the child welfare system struggle in school. Common signs of their educational difficulties include: poor academic performance, inappropriate special education services and placement, behavior problems in school, high rates of suspensions and expulsions, repeating grades, lower graduation rates, low rates of postsecondary education.

  • Keep in mind these facts about kids in care in NC: most are of school age, most spend more than a full school year in foster care, and many are at risk for school transfer because of placement instability.

  • There are many things you can do to promote the educational success of kids in care. One of the most important of these is to establish strong partnerships with teachers and other school personnel.

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