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March 2008Vol. 9, No. 2Supporting Higher Education for Foster Youth

A new report from the National Foster Care Coalition describes six States' experiences in implementing the Chafee Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) Program to improve outcomes for youth exiting the foster care system. The Chafee ETV Program is a federally funded program authorized in 1999 as part of the larger Chafee Foster Care Independence Program that helps States support young adults from foster care who attend postsecondary training and higher education institutions. The most common supports that States provide to foster youth through this program are vouchers and scholarship programs to help with tuition costs, as well as targeted support programs that serve youth in college.

The report highlights programs in California, Maine, Montana, New York, North Carolina, and Wyoming, including an overview of the structure of each State's ETV program as well as challenges encountered, noteworthy practices, and positive outcomes. The report documents young people's experiences with the program and shares recommendations from constituents and other stakeholders on how to improve the program.

The full report, The Chafee Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) Program: Six States' Experiences, was published in partnership with Casey Family Programs and is available on the National Foster Care Coalition website: (PDF - 2,800 KB)