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Pima County Demonstration Site
FosterEd AZ

We are working to make sure that each and every young person in foster care is positively engaged in school and learning, empowered to take charge of their educational futures and has meaningful relationships with caring adults.

In early 2013, we hired an Arizona director and began planning this pilot, working closely with leadership in child welfare, education, and judicial agencies to establish the infrastructure necessary for the project, map out referral processes, and define the scope of student-level work. We hired a team of education liaisons and began accepting a small number of student referrals in late 2013, and officially launched the demonstration site in Pima County – home to more than 3,000 children in foster care – in early 2014.

The goal of this demonstration site is to ensure that every young person we serve has an education champion, education team and education plan that is based on each young person’s strengths and needs.

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The FosterEd Arizona demonstration site involves deep partnerships with local communities. Through them, we facilitate a collective process to build a shared agenda, establish clear metrics that track progress across systems, and implement practices that ensure young people are supported in all the necessary ways in order to succeed. We recruit, train and oversee a team of Education Liaisons embedded within child welfare and education agencies.

The Pima County pilot was supported by generous funding from several Arizona foundations, including the Accio Education Fund, the Arizona Community Foundation, the Paul and Amy Blavin Foundation, the Blessings Fund, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Eaglet Fund, the Helios Education Foundation, the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, the Kieckhefer Foundatio, the Nina Masion Pulliam Charitable Trust, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, the Troller Fund, and the Ventana Fund.

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