Meeting Educational Needs of Children & Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Resources to help meet the educational needs of children and youth in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
Legal Center for Foster Care and Education
Serves as a national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in the foster care system.
Breakthrough Series Collaborative: Improving Educational Continuity and School Stability for Children in Out-of-Home Care: Final Report (PDF - 397 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2009)
Highlights practices where the focus was on improving educational continuity and school stability. The strategies, practices, and tools that emerged as having the greatest potential for affecting systems improvements are described along with the many insights and lessons learned.
Child Welfare/Education Collaboration (PDF - 284 KB)
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2010)
Provides information on the status of efforts to meet the education requirements of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 in 35 States and the District of Columbia, offering information on policies, practices, and approaches to collaborations between systems.
Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems (PDF - 817 KB)
Leone & Weinberg (2010)
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Discusses barriers to providing effective education services for children and youth in care and provides legislation and evidence-based strategies intended to improve educational outcomes.
Back to School Resources
New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children (2011)
Provides helpful tips, articles, and tools to help educators create adoption- and foster-care friendly classrooms in New York communities.
Child Welfare Agency and School District: Sample Protocol to Coordinate the Educational Stability and Continuity of Children and Youth in Out Of Home Placement: Fostering Connections to Success Act (PDF - 132 KB)
Philadelphia Child Welfare Agency, Philadelphia Family Court, & School District of Philadelphia (2011)
Describes a joint protocol among the Philadelphia Child Welfare Agency, the Philadelphia Family Court, and the School District of Philadelphia to coordinate transportation so that children in out-of-home care can remain in their school of origin.
Education and Child Welfare: CWLA Key Principles for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (PDF - 48 KB)
Child Welfare League of America (2010)
Provides background information on educational outcomes for foster youth and discusses key principles that need to be addressed in the reauthorization of the ESEA.
Education Is the Lifeline for Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 313 KB)
National Working Group on Foster Care and Education (2011)
Shares research findings on the positive impact of education on foster youth and the negative impact of changing schools, delays in school enrollment, and inconsistent school attendance. Promising programs are highlighted throughout.
Ensuring Stability for Children at Home and in School (PDF - 877 KB)
Casey Family Services
Voice, 11(2), 2011
Discusses States' progress in implementing the Federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act and how it is meeting the basic needs of all children in foster care, including education.
Improving Educational Continuity and School Stability for Children in Out-Of-Home Care: Change Package (PDF - 379 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2006)
Outlines strategies and tools jurisdictions will use as part of a Breakthrough Series Collaborative initiative focused on improving educational continuity and school stability for children in out-of-home care. Elements of the package include a collaborative goal, collaborative principles, and a summary of key components.
K-12 Education: Many Challenges Arise in Educating Students Who Change Schools Frequently (PDF - 1,044 KB)
United States Government Accountability Office (2010)
Addresses the number and characteristics of students who change schools often, as well as the reasons for the changes. Outcomes and challenges are also discussed.
The Proper Guardians of Foster Children's Educational Interests (PDF - 201 KB)
Park & Ryznar
Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 42(1), 2010
Considers the benefits and consequences of Federal and State approaches in the context of parents' rights and the educational interests of children in foster care.
Resources for School Personnel
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Addresses the effects of trauma on learning, service intervention programs, and helping schools prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises and disasters. The website includes the Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators.
Understanding Foster Youth Educational Outcomes: Comprehensive Supports Throughout Foster Youths' Lives Result in Better Outcomes (PDF - 6,246 KB)
California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership (2011)
Discusses the importance of tracking foster youths' educational achievements as well as providing foster youth with support at every stage in their development to promote educational performance, their ability to secure a higher education, and overall success in life.