Get Involved: Education Advocate Pilot Project

CASA Education Advocacy

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• Youth in foster care lose approximately 4 - 6 months of academic progress with each change of school placement.
• 75% of foster care students function below grade level.*
• Only 15% of foster care students graduate with a high school diploma.
*Georgia Statistics, J.W. Fanning Institute, November 3, 2013

The Education Advocate Pilot Project has successfully ended. Moving forward, Georgia CASA will offer enhanced education advocacy training statewide as well as on-going assistance with complex educational issues. Click here to view information on Georgia CASA's Education Advocacy Initiative.

Getting the correct information, to the correct stakeholders, can correct many problems!

Listed below are some tips for assisting with the educational needs of children:
1.       Check local school board policy for guidance.
2.       Use a child’s Georgia Testing Identification Number (GTID) to access the State Longitudinal Data System. This database holds a wealth of information about each child.
3.       Ask, Ask, Ask! Never be afraid to ask teachers, administrators, etc. to help a child in need.


About the Education Advocate Pilot Project
Judge Hatchett LuncheonThe Education Advocate Pilot Project was a one year pilot project (June 2014 - May 2015) in partnership with Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Families First and Georgia CASA. The project aimed to improve focus, educational stability and outcomes for children in foster care.

Education Advocate volunteers received special training before being matched with children in custody of the Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) in DeKalb and Fulton counties. During the one year commitment, the Education Advocate gathered information about the child’s educational needs, worked collaboratively with the child’s school to address areas of concern and improve academic success, taught the child self-advocacy skills, and made recommendations to the juvenile court judge to protect the educational needs of the child while in foster care.

Read a summary about the pilot project here.

Pictured above: Judge Glenda Hatchett hosted lunch at her office in Atlanta for those working on the Education Advocate Pilot Project (October 2014).