Revamping Services Through
the Eyes of the Child
School of Law
SUMTER COUNTY PILOT:
SCHOOL SUCCESS FOR FOSTER
Foster children are highly likely to be one to two years
Foster children do not graduate from high school at the
same rate as their peers.
Abused and neglected children lose six months of emotional
development each time they are moved in foster care.
Foster children are on the wrong side of the digital
has implemented a pilot program in Sumter County to encourage increased
support for school achievement by DSS foster children.
In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services
and the Departments of Education and Juvenile Justice, Nexuskids has the
Sumter Department of Social
South Carolina Foster Parents
Association and the Sumter Foster Parent Association
Sumter School Districts 2 and
Clemson Extension Services and
its four-county Children, Youth an Families at Risk Initiative
Sumter, educators, social service professionals, and foster parents agree
that there is not enough school information available on individual foster
children, and are considering the following issues for resolution:
(1) Confidentiality barriers, (2) Awkwardness of enrolling a foster
child in a school, (3) Timely transfer of school records, (4) Lack of common
understanding of educational law and policy, and (5) Limited involvement of
some foster parents in their children’s education.
In addition, Nexuskids with SCDSS is addressing the growing digital
divide for foster children. SCDSS
is placing upgraded computers in Sumter foster homes for use by foster
children. Nexuskids will help to implement “Computer Buddies™,”
a program which recruits and pairs technically trained mentors with foster
children, in an effort to encourage their greater use of computers.
Both Computer Buddies™ and strategies for removing unnecessary
barriers to academic achievement will be recommended for statewide
replication, if the Sumter pilot proves to be successful.
For more information, or if you are willing to become a Computer
Buddy, please call Nexuskids at (803) 576-5577 or contact our website at Nexuskids.org
or “Computer Buddies™