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March 2000Vol. 1, No. 1Article Chronicles Problems Faced by Foster Children in School

In Connect for Kids, a website and an electronic newsletter, Susan Kellam writes about the problems that many foster children--and their foster parents--encounter in school.

Kellam interviewed officers of State affiliates of the National Foster Parent Association as well as educators and other professionals and advocates for the article.

Transience, emotional delays, and learning disabilities complicate schooling for many children in foster care, the article notes. Foster parents report having trouble securing needed services for their foster children and encountering teachers and administrators who do not understand the particular educational challenges faced by children in foster care.

Kellam's article includes a discussion of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as it applies to foster children and offers suggestions from foster parents about how schools could improve services to children in foster care.

Connect for Kids is sponsored by the Benton Foundation. Visit the site at

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