Project Abstract

Fostering Opportunities is an innovative student engagement program for middle school and high school students who have experienced foster care. The goal of the program is to help youth who have experienced foster care to be successful in school and ultimately earn a high school credential.

With a foundation in social capital theory, the three key components of Fostering Opportunities are designed to be responsive to and respectful of fluidity in students’ living situations, caregivers, eligibility for services, child welfare case statuses, and safety precautions or plans.

The three components are: 1) Child Welfare and Education Systems Alignment; 2) The Role of the Specialist; and 3) A System to Track Students Across Placements and Schools. Once the program is established, specialists meet with students regularly to advocate, mentor, and provide social-emotional support and academic support. They also consult and coordinate information to ensure that students experience a consistent network of support in the school environment and beyond. A database is the final critical component, and it is necessary to ensure that information can be shared with the student’s network.

The Fostering Opportunities project is funded by Pay for Success


Governor’s Office (Pay for Success)

Colorado Department of Human Services, Child Welfare

Jefferson County School District

Denver Public Schools

Denver County Human Services

Adams 27J

Colorado Department of Human Services

Research Partners: 

JeffCo Public Schools

Jefferson County Human Services

Colorado Implementation Science Unit

Related Resources

Fostering Opportunities Fact Sheet


Fostering Opportunities

Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Fostering Opportunities

Success Measures for a Pay for Success Pilot Program and Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Fostering Opportunities

Preliminary Success Measures for a Pay for Success Pilot Program

Fostering Opportunities Program Manual

Middle and High School Version

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