Foster Care to College

SeattlePI.com has a piece on Foster Care to College, a program that, as the name suggests, “help[s] students in foster care pursue and prepare for post-secondary education.”

About 25,000 young people across the country “age out” of foster care each year. Without permanent homes or support from family members, they’re at a higher risk for unemployment, long-term reliance on public assistance, incarceration and homelessness.

In addition to helping with the transition to college, the program also aims to help them go out on their own – into an apartment or dorm – while they’re in college.

“It doesn’t feel like I’m a grown-up. I’m a kid still. I’m in college. But I’m doing all these adult things,” says 18-year-old Victoria Gherman, a 2009 Eisenhower High School graduate.

The bad news? Until this year, there had been five programs like Foster Care to College. Now it is the only one left.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.