Positive Pathways for Foster Youth in College

Posted by: Dr. Steve Rios on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

Florida is a national leader when it comes to promoting post-secondary education for young people from foster care. In 2014, the Florida legislature mandated that all public colleges and universities appoint liaisons to work with students using the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) tuition and fee waiver. 

To ensure that these liaisons know about their roles, and the young people they are expected to help through college, DCF establish Positive Pathways.

DCF has set up this website to help foster care liaisons, and everyone else in Florida that is working with these young people, unite their forces to tackle the daunting challenge before us all -- a graduation rate among former foster youth that is too low.

Positive Pathways exists to support foster care liaisons and other student service and child welfare professionals.  Few other states in the national have a program like Positive Pathways.

If you are a foster care liaison, you will be your institution’s or agency’s primary point of contact for these students as they begin a new chapter of their life – full of promise and possibilities, also many new unfamiliar challenges.

As you serve these students, Positive Pathways is here to provide you with training, networking opportunities, and technical support you need to be effective in this new role. Together we can help these young transitioning adults reach their educational and life goals.

Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to working with you.

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