- Youths in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties are under-performing
What are some reasons local foster youths may be under-performing?
Karen Snyder, an adoption social worker for Share Homes Foster Home and Adoption Agency, which has locations in Lodi and Elk Grove, believes that the heart of the problem lies in the instability foster children face in their lives.
Foster children frequently switch schools, and many of them may have special needs, such as sensitivity to the stresses and trauma they may have faced, she said.
“As a foster child, you may go to school, but after school you go to medical appointments, therapy appointments, visitations — the time for homework is just not real,” Snyder said.
She also said students may find difficulty connecting to school communities, because a lack of time and money may prevent them from participating in extracurricular activities such as sports teams and clubs.
One way Snyder said the state has worked to alleviate these disadvantages is to extend foster care services through age 21 this year, with Assembly Bill 12.
“It’s a system and you have to work within and around the system. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not,” Snyder said.
— News-Sentinel staff
Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am.