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Education and the Child in Foster Care
Children in foster care (also called out-of-home care) face obstacles in school that their peers do not. The following resources provide information to help foster parents understand those educational challenges as well as assist the child in meeting those challenges.
Education Advocacy Guide for Caregivers: Supporting School Success for Children and Youth in Care (PDF - 1761 KB)
Children's Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (2010)
Explains the roles and responsibilities of caregivers and social workers in advocating for foster children's education, offers ideas on how to help youth develop healthy learning habits, and provides suggestions on how to work with the school.
Foster Care and Education: Tools and Resources for Improving the Education Success of Children and Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 726 KB)
National Working Group on Foster Care and Education (2008)
Identifies tools and resources to help child welfare workers, educators, attorneys, parents, and youth understand the issues affecting a foster child's education and ways they can advocate to ensure positive educational outcomes.
The Link Between Education and Permanency (PDF - 102 KB)
Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (2009)
Highlights the impact positive educational experiences have on the lifelong stability and permanence of a child or youth in foster care. Specific education-related factors that can impact permanency are identified, and ways schools and child welfare agencies can work together to improve permanency outcomes are discussed.
Special Education Decisions for Children in Foster Care: Everyone Has a Role (PDF - 56 KB)
Stotland, Stocco, Darr, & McNaught
ABA Child Law Practice, 26(2), 2007
Discusses who can make decisions regarding education for foster children and youth and provides information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and how the act affects decision-making.