Community on Homelessness and Foster Care
The Community on Students who Experienced Foster Care or Homelessness is currently recruiting members to fill key leadership positions. If you are interested in participating please contact one of the co-chairs at their email below. Attend the 2015 NASPA Conference in New Orleans and look for the sub-community kick off gathering!
Marcy Stidum, Kennesaw State University
- Email: [email protected]
Sara I. Gamez Ed.D., California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
- Email: [email protected]
Resources Related to Foster and Homeless Students
- California College Pathways - Resources for Campus Professionals. This initiative by the Walter S. Johnson Foundation presents information and resources for Campus Professionals, Foster Youth Scholars, Supportive Adults, and those wanting to Get Involved. Their website is an exceptional source of advocacy, practice, and policy information targeting young adults in and from foster care.
- Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Young Adults in Foster Care: Readings, Resources, Program Links, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA. This continuously updated listing of readings, resources, research, and program exemplars provides a wide array of information for practitioners, policymakers, and advocates to advance their work. Hyperlinks are provided for all listings.
- WMU President John Dunn speaking at Fostering Success Michigan's (FSM) 3rd Annual Summit (2014). Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, video. Western Michigan University president John Dunn speaks on how the University came to prioritize improved attention to the support needs of students coming from foster care. The establishment of the Seita Scholars Program and the statewide Fostering Success Michigan initiative resulted from Dr. Dunn's commitment.
- Supporting success: Improving higher education outcomes for students from foster care - A framework for program enhancement - Version 2.0 (2010). Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA. This guide was developed by higher education and child welfare leaders to provide a sound collaborative framework for improving postsecondary supports for students from foster care. It details twelve core elements for implementing an effective model to improve higher education outcomes and provides examples of exemplary programs at four year and community colleges.
- Jones, M. G. (2014). Outline to Improve the Postsecondary Educational Outcomes of Students from Foster Care. Foster Care to Success, Sterling, Va., August 12. This outline provides an overview of the extant literature about the barriers young people from foster care experience in postsecondary education, and sheds light on why they often fare so poorly.
- Foster Youth Campus Support Programs: A Leadership Guide (2013). California College Pathways, June. This guide is divided into four sections. The first discusses advance work that a campus can engage in to create a support plan. The second section describes the various elements that may be included. The third provides information on other considerations related to the development and maintenance of a successful support model. The final section provides samples of forms that are referenced throughout the document that can be adapted for use by a developing program.
- Emerson. J., Duffield, B., Salazar, A. & Unrau, Y. (2012). The path to success: Creating campus support systems for foster and homeless students. Leadership Exchange, NASPA, Summer, pp. 8-13. This NASPA Leadership Exchange feature article provides an overview of the challenges facing college students from foster care and homeless students. Recommended support practices, resources, and policies are provided to Student Affairs staff and leadership.
- Lovitt, T. & Emerson, J. (2008). Foster youth who have succeeded in higher education: Common themes, NCSET Information Brief, April. Successful college graduates from foster care were interviewed to learn about their perspectives on going to college and obtaining a degree despite facing numerous barriers. Fifteen major themes concerning college success and a general outlook on life are identified.
- Fostering Success Michigan (FSM) is building a statewide collective-impact strategy that strives to prepare young people in foster care between the ages of 12 to 25 across the state of Michigan. FSM will increase awareness, access, and success in higher education and post-college careers for youth and alumni of foster care.
- California College Pathways provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges, vocational schools, and four-year universities. California College Pathways is helping foster youth across the state achieve their higher education goals and move on to fulfilling careers.
- Foster Care to Success (FC2S) is a national nonprofit organization working solely with college bound foster youth. They help students navigate the tricky waters of academic, understand the importance of personal fiscal responsibility, determine achievable career goals, and create networks of friendship and support. They provide scholarships, tuition grants, academic coaches, personal mentors, care packages, and internship opportunities.
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
- Geis, Q., (2015). Exploring the Academic and Social Experiences of Homeless College Students. University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Educational Administration: Theses, Dissertations and Student Research, Spring 5.
- Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Webinar: Best Practices to Support Homeless and Foster Youth on College Campuses. Webinar presentation from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Spring 2016.
If you know of a critical piece of literature or helpful resource on this topic that has not been included please contact one of the co-chairs. We would love your input!