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.
Provides educational resources for professionals working with youth in Virginia who are transitioning out of foster care.
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.
Educational Services for Children Placed in Foster Care
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 and Continuity of Children Receiving Services From the County Children and Youth Agency (CCYA) Including the Use of an Education Screen (PDF - 189 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (2010)
Clarifies the responsibilities of county children and youth agencies regarding educational stability and continuity for all children receiving services from a child welfare agency, including children in out-of-home care, as well as those receiving services in their own homes.
Education Stability Guidance (PDF - 81 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 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.
Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care (PDF - 135 KB)
Iowa Department of Human Services (2009)
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.
Transforming Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care Using a Statewide Collaborative Model
Outlines recommendations of the Education Committee of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, including best practices in the courtroom, education and child welfare policy and practice modifications, and specific actions that must be taken by all stakeholders to improve education outcomes for children and youth in foster care.