(2022) ‘We Need That Person That Doesn’t Give up on Us’: The Role of Social Support in the Pursuit of Post-Secondary Education for Youth with Foster Care Experience who are Transition-Aged

Supportive relationships with caring and trusted individuals are crucial to youth pursuing postsecondary education (PSE); however, little is known about how social support is accessed and utilized by youth with foster care experience. Findings from the analysis of interviews with 15 participants revealed four overarching themes: drop-off of formal supports, high stakes of PSE programs, friendships and peer support, and self-reliance. Findings can inform policy related to child welfare funding and support.