Indiana is home to nearly 31,000 children in foster care and has the fourth-highest rate of youth in foster care in the nation. The state’s nearly 17,000 school-age foster youth are spread across schools of all sizes and in communities of all types, but about 10 percent of the public school corporations educate almost half of Indiana’s students in foster care. Marion county had the Highest Number of Students in Foster Care during 2020 (2,903 or 18%).
55 PERCENT OF FOSTER YOUTH GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL Compared to 87% of all students.
Fewer than half of the students in foster care and special education (49 percent) graduated in four years, compared to 71 percent of all students in special education.
Only 54 percent of Black or African American and Hispanic/Latinx students in foster care graduated in four years, compared to 78 percent for all Black or African American students, 85 percent for all Hispanic/Latinx students, and 89 percent for all White students.
ONLY 11% OF STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE WERE LIKELY TO EARN AN HONORS DIPLOMA 2.5x less than all students.
Source: https://fostersuccess.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2020-education-outcomes-report-overview.pdf Last accessed 6/29/2022