School Psychology Forum

Preparing Students in Foster Care for Emancipation, Employment, and Postsecondary Education

By Tracey G. Scherr

pp. 59-70

Adoption and Foster Care

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ABSTRACT: Students preparing to emancipate from the foster care system face multiple challenges. For many formerly fostered teens, outcomes are relatively poor. Others have shown incredible resilience in the face of adversity. School psychologists can help address obstacles to postsecondary success for students living in foster care preventively while they are still attending elementary and secondary schools. This article includes a literature review, practice recommendations, and resources for school psychologists so they may become more aware of current legislation and be better prepared to assist with the provision of independent living services, transition planning, vocational training, and postsecondary education preparation.