Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care
June 23, 2016 Stuart Foundation

Recognizing the unique needs of children in foster care, States and the Federal government have launched efforts in recent years to increase the educational stability of and to improve educational outcomes for these youth. The passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections Act) was a significant step towards supporting the importance of school stability for children in foster care in Federal law. The legislation requires child welfare agencies to collaborate with educational agencies to keep children in foster care in the same school when living placements change, if remaining in that school is in their best interest. The Fostering Connections Act also requires child welfare agencies to ensure that children in foster care who do change schools are promptly enrolled in a new school, with the relevant school records. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on the Fostering Connections Act in July 2010.

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are issuing this guidance to provide State and local educational agencies with information to assist them in meeting their obligations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 

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