Foster education initiative seeks to improve academic achievement of Arizona students in foster care

“Research consistently shows that students in foster care are struggling in school leaving them ill equipped to become self-sufficient,” Michelle Traiman, director of the National Center for Youth Law’s Foster Youth Education Initiative, said in a news release from the Arizona Office of Education. “The cost to these children and society is extraordinary. More than 22 percent of former foster children experience homelessness, 25 percent spend time incarcerated and unemployment rates exceed 50 percent.”

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