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Conference Year: 2021
Session #: 046(LEC)
Title: Transitional Experiences of Foster Care Alumni From Undergraduate to Graduate Degree Pursuits
Lead Presenter: Jennifer Farinella
Date: October 07, 2021    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: 232, DECC
Abstract: Higher education increases opportunities in workforce and lifetime earnings; as level of degree attainment is higher, availability of benefits often increases. Frequently, these opportunities remain elusive for members identifying as vulnerable, such as foster care alumni or individuals with dependency system experiences resulting from abuse, neglect, or trauma. Previous research indicates foster care alumni often espouse desires to attain higher education proportionally to nonfoster care peers; however, the reality is few gain access and fewer attain a degree. To develop an understanding of foster care alumni transitions from undergraduate to graduate degrees, I conducted individual interviews and analyzed for common themes capturing the phenomenon of graduate education pursuits by individuals with experiences connected to foster care. This presentation will share findings, recommendations, and stimulate conversation on how we can better serve students of this population.
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