Support your youth's education

A healthy education is critical for the development of any child. Unfortunately for youth in foster care, this process is often disrupted. A CASA can provide vital support for their youth by monitoring and advocating for their educational needs. 

A CASA volunteer provides individualized and targeted attention to improve educational outcomes for youth in foster care. As engaged and supportive adults, CASAs support the foundation of their youths' academic progress and educational experience. Positive outcomes require the cooperation of teachers, caregivers, counselors, and school district staff. As a CASA, you will collaborate among these many voices. 

As new challenges or opportunities arise for your youth, use these pages to build upon or refresh your knowledge of the information you need to be an effective educational advocate.

Educational Advocacy Basics for CASAs

Learn about the basics of educational advocacy for a foster youth.

Educational Advocacy Webinars

Educational trainings that qualify for Continuing Education hours.

Holding Educational Rights 

Are you becoming an Educational Representative for your youth? Find out all you need to know about filling this role and holding educational rights. 

supporting high school diploma/ged efforts

Is your youth without a high school diploma, or its equivalent (GED, hiSET)? Are they interested in completing their K-12 education? They have options!

Supporting Post-Secondary Education

Supporting your youth throughout their education increases their likelihood of graduating high school and finding open higher education options presented to them. You will help them prepare and find the resources they need for pursuing post-secondary educational options and vocational opportunities while in foster care. 

Getting to know your foster youth

A valuable resource for all CASAs, here are some suggestions for how you can get to know your youth and build an understanding of their academic needs. 

start of the school year checklist

Make sure you and your youth are prepared for the start of the school year with this convenient checklist. 

Transitioning to a new school

Changing schools due to a placement update, educational needs, or expulsion is a difficult transition for any foster youth. Here are some resources to help navigate this time of change. 

Addressing mental health needs for foster youth

Many foster youth have special needs when it comes to the support and development of their mental health. A CASA, while not a mental health provider, can be key in advocated for resources to meet those needs. Learn how to begin considering mental health here. 

IEPs and Special education

As a CASA, you'll ensure that any special academic needs of your foster youth are met, and protect their rights to an education. Learn more about the rights of youth with special education needs and how it applies to your case. 

Managing discipline in school

With so much going on outside of the classroom for a foster youth, attitude and behavioral challenges in school may often arise. As a CASA, you will help the youth address their feelings, and fight for the youth's right to appropriate disciplinary action. Here, you'll find a toolkit for navigating this tumultuous space. 

Preparing for an Educational Hearing

An educational hearing will be where major academic decisions are made concerning your youth's future. Learn how to prepare both your youth and yourself for these hearings, and find resources to best advocate for your youth at a hearing here.