Providing a Passport to the Future for Foster Youth: A Case for Educational Leadership and Policy


Carol, a teen forced into foster care, must learn how to navigate the path/road to postsecondary education. This case follows Carol’s matriculation through high school and the challenges she faces while trying to achieve her dream of going to college. Several challenges Carol encounters are discussed, such as her lack of higher education awareness, her need for tuition assistance, and aging out of foster care. The purpose of this case is to encourage future leaders to enhance opportunities for vulnerable populations, thus, it should be useful for students in education policy, educational administration, and higher education leadership.