Foster Care Alumni Voice Heard at VT Statehouse
Vermont youth formerly in foster care had the opportunity to speak out at the statehouse on Wednesday, March 26, as they testified in front of a joint committee meeting between the House Committee on Education and Health and Human Services on their educational experience while in state custody.
From the STEPS program at the College of St. Joseph, five students drew on their personal background to discuss the people, situations and policies that impacted their path through the education system and into college.
Also testifying were Mary Kate Schroeter and Matt Werbach. These UVM Social Work interns collaborated with the STEPS students to develop a survey for young people who have experienced foster care in Vermont. Highlighting successes, they reported research findings which showed that the 13% of foster care alumni who were in college had moved around less in both home and school placements than their non-college attending peers.