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Meeting Educational Needs of Children & Youth in Out-of-Home Care: State and local examples
2010 Report to the Legislature and the Governor for the Foster Youth Services Program (Word - 1262 KB)
California Department of Education (2010)
Reports on the services provided to foster children by school districts in California, including information on the effectiveness of services and data on the academic achievement and truancy rates of foster youths.
Achieving Positive Educational Outcomes
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2010)
Provides training on education records, school stability, progress toward graduation, preparation for postsecondary education, needs of students in special education, and more.
Advocating for the Educational Needs of Children in Out-of-Home Care: Training Curriculum for Child Welfare Caseworkers and Supervisors (PDF - 498 KB)
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy & Colorado Department of Human Services (2010)
Provides caseworkers and supervisors with educational policies, processes, assessments and plans, and tools to enable them to advocate for the educational needs of children in the child welfare system.
Closing the Education Achievement Gap for Foster Youth: Education Information Sharing Challenges and Legal Provision (PDF - 47 KB)
Children's Law Center of Los Angeles
Discusses the legal barriers to accessing educational records that impair information sharing in California and other jurisdictions and how that may impact outcomes for children in foster care. Also addresses how some States interpret the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act with regard to information sharing.
Educational Considerations (PDF - 154 KB)
Florida State Courts (2011)
Discusses the court's role in improving the educational outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system and lists key considerations for judges.
Educational Services for Children Placed in Foster Care (PDF - 399 KB)
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction & Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (2010)
Summarizes the legal responsibilities of the child welfare and public school systems to serve children living in foster care and shares practices and resources that can help improve how these two systems serve youth in foster care.
Enrollment in Early Childhood Education Programs for Young Children Involved With Child Welfare (PDF - 346 KB)
Cross & Helton (2010)
Children and Family Research Center
Examines data on enrollment in early childhood education among children in cases of substantiated maltreatment in Illinois and nationally. Uses data from the Illinois and the National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (ISCAW and NSCAW).
Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Practice Bulletin 1 of 5 (PDF - 135 KB)
Iowa Department of Human Services (2009)
Emphasizes the importance of educational stability for Iowa child welfare workers and explains new Federal requirements for promoting educational stability through the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.
Everybody's a Teacher: How to Help Children and Youth in Foster Care Get the Best Education Possible: Backpack (PDF - 1260 KB)
Florida Department of Children and Families (2010)
Encourages individuals and communities to become involved in the education of children and youth in foster care and addresses issues that often stand in the way of these youth doing well in school.
Fostering Opportunity and Improving Achievement: The Benefits of a Foster-Care Scholarship Program in California: A Policy Brief (PDF - 1,096 KB)
Murray & Stacey
Making the Pieces Fit: Part 1, 2010
Discusses the concerns prospective adoptive parents may have over providing a quality education for their adopted children and the need for California to implement a scholarship program for students in foster care that would allow parents to send their children to private schools.
Ready to Succeed Initiative
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning
Promotes collaboration between the public education and child welfare sectors to improve educational outcomes for California’s 74,000 children and youth in foster care.
Promoting Educational Well-Being for Foster Care Youth in Lucas County, Ohio: Exploring the Impact of Race, Age, and Service Provision on the Development of Human Capital (PDF - 1,126 KB)
Relates race and ethnicity, age, mental health, and reasons for foster care entry to service provision and educational performance for 243 children in foster care aged 5 to 18 in Lucas County, Ohio.
School Registration for Children in Out-of-Home Care: Information for Caregivers and Educators (PDF - 191 KB)
New Jersey Department of Children and Families & New Jersey Department of Education (2011)
Explains the process of registration in order to ensure the school attendance of New Jersey children in out-of-home care within 72 hours of placement. Includes guidelines on registration and attendance requirements as well as necessary documents.
Social Worker's Practice Guide to Education for Children and Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 1,126 KB)
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration (2010)
Provides a resource for social workers to increase their collaboration with schools and to increase education stability and achievement for children and youth in out-of-home care in Washington State.