Imagine being ten years old and being able to fit all of your personal belongings in a single garbage bag. Then imagine moving from foster home to foster home with nothing more than the clothes on your back and that single garbage bag slung over your shoulder. With each new foster home comes new caregivers, schools, teachers and classmates.
We’ve all been the new kid in school once or twice in our lives, and we know the time it takes to adjust to these new surroundings. It takes time to get to know your teachers and their expectations of you. Perhaps the biggest problem facing these foster children is that most of them are never at one school long enough to adjust to their new surroundings and learn the basic academic and social skills necessary to be a successful student.
FFC believes education is the key to breaking the cycle of abuse and poverty in families. The Education Train tutoring program was developed to address the individual academic needs of children in the foster care system. These children are falling behind in school. These academic delays are a result of the trauma of abuse and/or neglect, frequent placement changes, switching schools often, turmoil and stress.
Highly trained tutors work one-on-one with the student. Tutoring is conducted at the student’s home (only if the caregiver is present) or another public facility where adults are present.
The Education Train’s dedicated staff works with the system so that tutoring services may continue even when the student moves from foster home to foster home. Students are pre and post-tested to track their progress and assess specific needs.