This section offers examples of programs, strategies, and tools that States and localities have implemented to support educational stability and positive educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care.
California Foster Care Education Law Fact Sheets (PDF - 8,100 KB)
California Foster Youth Education Task Force (2014)
Presents information on topics including educational decision-making rights, early care and education, education services for transition-aged youth, special education, nonpublic schools, functional behavioral assessments, school discipline, special education discipline, and educationally related mental health services.
Florida State Courts (2011)
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Presents a section of the Florida dependency benchbook. This document 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.
Provides educational resources for professionals working with youth in Virginia who are transitioning out of foster care.
Education Stability Guidance (PDF - 139 KB)
The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department (2012)
Provides information to child welfare staff at local departments of social services and voluntary agencies, local educational agencies, and the judiciary about requirements related to the educational stability of foster children.
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 these youth.
Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care
New Jersey Department of Education
Outlines New Jersey's policies and procedures for ensuring educational stability for children and youth in out-of-home care.
ESSA's Provisions for Educational Stability for Children in Foster Car: Effective December 2016
Iowa Department of Human Services (2016)
Emphasizes the importance of educational stability for child welfare workers in Iowa and explains new Federal requirements for promoting educational stability through the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.
Foster Care & Student Success
Texas Education Agency
Highlights a variety of information about the education of students in foster care. The guide promotes best practices and contains numerous tips, tools, resources, and links to more information.
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)
Includes resource to help Washington State social workers increase collaboration with schools and increase educational stability and success for children and youth in foster care.