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New UCLA Research Center Will Focus on Preventing Entries into Foster Care, Needs of Foster Youth (chronicleofsocialchange.org)

 

Thanks to a $10 million philanthropic donation, the University of California, Los Angeles will establish a new research center dedicated to addressing the complex needs of children in foster care, particularly related to the educational system.

The Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families aims to be a hub of collaborative research with the goal of strengthening vulnerable families and helping to prevent many children in Los Angeles County from entering the foster care system.

The Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families also hopes to be a resource for foster parents, relative caregivers and adoptive families through trauma-informed training that can help support the academic achievement of foster youth, according to the centerโ€™s new director, Tyrone Howard.

Howard is hoping that the new center will shine a light on racial disparities in Los Angeles Countyโ€™s foster care system, particularly among African Americans. Black youth makeup about 7 percent of the countyโ€™s child population but represent between 30 and 35 percent of the young people who are in county foster care, according to Howard.

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