Foster Care Education Statistics [Fresh Research]

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"Approximately 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States."

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"Only 8-13% of foster children earn a college degree."

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"The average reading level of youth in foster care is 7th-grade, regardless of their actual grade."

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"65% of foster children experienced 5 or more school moves during their time in care."

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"34% of foster youth changed schools five or more times before turning 18."

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"40-63% of foster youth complete high school by age 18."

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"Foster care alumni are at a 20% higher risk for post-traumatic stress disorder than the general population."

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"50% of students in foster care require special education services."

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"Over 20% of foster youth experience homelessness after aging out of foster care."

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"41% of foster youth attend schools that rank in the lowest 30% of all schools in the United States."

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"Foster youth are 2 times more likely to be suspended and 3 times more likely to experience expulsion compared to their non-foster care peers."

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"Only 9% of foster youth take pre-college tests such as the SAT or ACT."

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"31% of foster youth who entered postsecondary education required developmental education in college compared to 17% among non-foster youth."

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