9-20-10: The Challenges of Educating Foster Youth

September 20, 2010 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

There are plenty of obstacles to learning for children in Baltimore City. One is very simple – moving. Research shows that children who change schools fall behind academically, and this hits foster youth especially hard.

Baltimore City has a new plan to try and keep foster children in the same school even if they move around. Joining Sheilah to talk about it are Molly McGrath, director of Baltimore City’s Department of Social Services, and Jonathan Brice, executive director of Student Support and Safety for Baltimore City Public Schools.

On Wednesday, Molly McGrath will attend a press conference in Washington with several members of Congress to talk about the education of foster children. And there’s an event tomorrow evening at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in downtown Baltimore to discuss foster care in Maryland – former Secretary of Human Resources Brenda Donald will be there.

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources has launched what they say is the country’s first PTA association for foster parents. More information at their website.


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