The College Success Foundation works to improve the educational attainment of Washington State foster youth by helping them develop their academic skills and plans for success. CSF staff provide support to learn how to go to college and where to find the financial means to make it affordable. CSF partners with the state of Washington and private foundations to fund college awareness, readiness and mentoring supports for young people aging out of the foster care system. Through the Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth and Passport to College Promise Scholarship Program, CSF helps the foster youth in Washington State attend and be successful in college. CSF also advocates for public policy change to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth.
In the state of Washington almost 900 youth aged out of the Washington State foster care system in 2006. The Casey Family Programs Northwest Alumni Study reported in 2005 that out of approximately 650 alumni of care students residing in the states of Washington and Oregon,
- 42% received some education beyond high school
- 20.6% completed any degree/certificate beyond high school
- 16.1% completed a vocational degree (25 years and older: 21.9%)
- 1.8% completed a bachelor’s degree (25 years and older: 2.7%)