Enhancing College Transition Success for Students in Foster Care

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. develop empirically supported recommendations for programs and strategies to support college-bound students with a foster care background.
  2. understand the evidence base of college-based interventions used to support students with a foster care background.
  3. utilize effective academic and social–emotional strategies and interventions to support students in foster care in their transition to college.


Students in foster care face lower college enrollment and graduation rates than their peers, and report academic and social support as barriers. While empirically supported college-based interventions target these barriers and have been associated with increased graduation rates, few evidence-based interventions or strategies exist for this population at the high-school level. The current study will review the target aims of college-based interventions and identify comparable high school-based supports that may be delivered by school psychologists.



Katherine Connolly, University of Connecticut
Sophie Rodenbush, University of Connecticut
Sarah K. Charbonneau, University of Connecticut


Lisa M. Sanetti


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