A newly opened center at UCLA aims to help youth in foster care avoid entering the child welfare system, the university announced Tuesday.
Thanks to a $10 million philanthropic donation, the University of California, Los Angeles will establish a new research center dedicated to addressing the complex needs of children in foster care, particularly related to the educational system.
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About 21,000 kids are in Los Angeles County foster care and another 14,000 are in the child welfare system. The odds are often stacked against such children. Ongoing instability at home can make it more difficult to succeed in school and even later in life.
A new center at UCLA will address the needs of children who are disconnected from traditional paths to success, with a particular focus on youth in foster care. The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which opened in March, is a collaborative hub for research, prevention and intervention efforts that will work to strengthen families and help children avoid entering the child welfare system.