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California academic assistance program, Learn4Life is a one-on-one instructional program that assists students who are struggling academically. The flexible schedule also allows students to maintain jobs while attending school on their own time. Learn4Life seeks out students at risk of dropping out and assists them by blending academic instruction with connections to resources, extra support and job skills training. The program has seen more than 16,000 youth through to graduation since it started 18 years ago with 46% enrolling in colleges. The program is based on four key tenets: care, academic growth, mentorship and resilience.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services plan to place all of the children into a single managed care health insurance program. The managed care system consists of private insurance companies who are paid a flat, per-patient monthly fee. Health care providers complain about the late reimbursement payments, high rate of claim denials and lengthy appeal processes that the Department of Health and Family Services is trying to work out these issues before the new program launch. Lawmakers question whether managed care is appropriate as children in foster care move often as well as children who age out of the system may not learn about their health care options. 

Pennsylvania State University Fostering Lions Program helps students to increase college access by providing assistance with financial, social-emotional and academic needs At the University of Houston the Diamond Family Scholars Program also provides scholarships for students who were in foster care. Western Michigan University Seita Scholars Program is also providing foster students with $13,000 in scholarships. This program provides year-round housing and a campus coach. Nationwide, more programs are being offered to assist students to attend college. 

CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.

Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.