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Foster Care and Higher Education

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Day, A., Riebschleger, J., & *Wen, J. (2018, Spring). The utilization of pre-college programming in increasing college access and retention rates of foster care youth: Results from the Fostering Academics Mentoring Excellence (FAME) Program. New Directions for Community Colleges, 181. 39-47. Doi: 10.1002/cc.20290.

Geiger, J., Piel, M., Day, A., & Schlebe, L. (2018). A Descriptive Analysis of Programs Serving Foster Care Alumni in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities. Children and Youth Services Review, 85. 287-294. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.01.001

Hernandez, L., Day, A., & *Henson, M. (2017). Increasing college access and retention rates of foster youth: An analysis of the impact of 22 state tuition waiver programs. Journal of Policy Practice, 16 (4). 397-414. doi: 10.1080/15588742.2017.1311819

Seita, S., Day, A., *Carrellas, A., & Pugh, G. (2016).  An Assessment of Behavioral Orientation of Foster Care Alumni within Their Own Social Networks. Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 4 (2). 1-9.  doi: 10.15640/jssw.v4n2a1

Riebschleger, J., Day, A., & Damashek, A. (2015). Foster care youth share stories of trauma before, during, and after placement:  Youth Voices for Building Trauma-Informed Systems of Care. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 24 (4). 339-360.

Day, A., Somers, C., Smith-Darden, J. & Yoon, J. (2015). Understanding cross-system communication in the promotion of education well-being of foster care youth: Recommendations for a national research, practice and policy agenda. Children and Schools, 37 (1). 54-62. DOI: 10.1093/cs/cdu027

Day, A., Edwards, H., Pickover, S., & Leever, M. (2013). When does Confidentiality become an impediment rather than a pathway to meeting the educational needs of students in the foster care system? Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 10 (2). 36-47.

Day, A. & Preston, M. (2013). Re-evaluating the Government’s Role in Parenting Older Foster Care Youth: An Analysis of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy, 17 (1). 1-28.

Day, A., Dworsky, A., & Feng, W. (2013). A Discrete Time Survival Analysis of the Relationship Between Foster Care Placement and the Rate of Graduation from a Four-Year University. Journal of Research in Higher Education, 19. Retrieved from

Day, A., Riebschleger, J., Dworsky, A., Damashek, A., Fogarty, K. (2012). Maximizing Educational  Opportunities For Youth Aging Out Of Foster Care: Engaging Youth Voice In Partnership For Social Change. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (5). 1007–1014.

Day, A., Dworsky, A., Fogarty, K., & Damashek, A. (2011). An Examination of Retention and Graduation among Foster Care Youth Enrolled in a Four-Year University. Children and Youth Services Review, 33 (11). 2335–2341.

Kirk, R., & Day, A. (2011). Increasing college access for youth aging out of foster care: Evaluation of a summer bridge program for foster youth transitioning from high school to college. Children and Youth Services Review, 33 (7). 1173–1180.

Unrau, Y. & Day, A. (2010). The Importance of Understanding the Placement Move Experience from the Perspective of Foster Youth. Child Welfare 360 Degrees. University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare.

Day, A. & Cross, S. (2009) Child safety and children in the education system: Prioritizing the need for statewide anti-bullying policies. The Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 12 (3). 40-47.

Day, A. & Sosulski, M. (2008). Keeping Families Together? Exploring placement of children with severe emotional disturbances in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 11 (3). 3-8.

Cross, S.L., & Day, A. G. (2008). American Indian grandfamilies: Differences in the perception of the kinship care relationship. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 17 (1). 82-100.

Day, A. & Riebschleger, J. (2007, Fall). Circumstances and suggestions from youth who run from out of home care. Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 11 (1). 20-30.

Day, A. & Watson, D. (2007, Fall). How does Michigan fare in the fight to improve outcomes for youth aging out of foster care? A response from the State and one of its communities. Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 11 (1). 3-10.

Day, A. (Feb. 2006). The power of informal support:  A personal account of mentoring and resilience. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 14 (4). 196-198.

(* Indicates mentored student)