Experts: Half of foster kids quit high school

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10/31/2011 4:51:57 PM - AP News
When Carey Sommer entered foster care in California, he left his mom, his high school and his friends.Bounced from home to home, he changed high schools nine times until the disheartened teen finally dropped out.Sommer, 19, is among the roughly 50 percent of the nation's 500,000 foster kids who won't graduate from high school, experts say.According to a 2010 study from Chapin Hall, the University of Chicago's research arm, nearly 94 percent of those that do make it through high school do not finish college.Some members of Congress and advocates are trying to strengthen laws to ensure the child welfare system not only makes sure that foster kids are safe, but that they get a quality education.