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Title: Foster Care 101


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Foster Care 101
  • For Educators

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David Ray, Region 10 ESC
  • McKinney-Vento/ Homeless Education and Foster
    Care Consultant
  • David.Ray_at_Region10.org
  • 972.348.1786
  • www.Region10.org/fostercare
  • www.Region10.org/MVH

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TEA Contacts
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/FosterCareStudentSucces
    s/
  • Federal State Education PolicyFoster Care
    Education Policy CoordinatorKelly
    Kravitz512-463-9235Kelly.Kravitz_at_tea.state.tx.us
    fostercareliaison_at_tea.state.tx.us

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Agenda
  1. What is Foster Care
  2. Data Statistics
  3. Timeline of Efforts
  4. What are the Laws

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DFPS- Department of Family and Protective
Services
  • The Texas Department of Family and Protective
    Services (DFPS) protects children and adults who
    are elderly or have disabilities and regulates
    child care. 
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Child Care Licensing
  • Prevention and Early Intervention

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CPS- Child Protective Services
  • Child Protective Services responsibilities
    include
  • Investigating reports of abuse and neglect of
    children.
  • Providing services to children and families in
    their own homes.
  • Placing children in foster care.
  • Providing services to help youth in foster care
    make the transition to adulthood.
  • Placing children in adoptive homes.

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Substitute Care
  • Temporary Managing Conservatorship (TMC) DFPS
    may be the TMC while the agency works with the
    family on a reunification plan or
  • Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) DFPS
    may be named the PMC for a child until custody is
    given to another individual or until the youth
    turns 18.

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Substitute Care Types
  • Formal Placement
  • Informal Placement
  • Foster Family Home
  • Foster Group Home
  • Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Kinship Placement
  • Relative Care
  • Non-relative Care
  • Emergency Shelters

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Timeline
  • 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and
    Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Public Law
    110-351
  • 2010 Supreme Court of TX orders Childrens
    Commission
  • Texas Blueprint (Consensus of this group)
  • 18 month period of listening to each other
  • 2013 Education Portion of the Childrens
    Commission awarded grant
  • 2014 Foster Care and Student Success

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2008 Fostering Connections to Success and
Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Public Law
110-351
  • This law requires state child welfare agencies to
    collaborate with their state and local education
    agencies to promote school stability and improve
    educational outcomes for children in foster care.
    (Chapter 1, pgs. 14-15)
  • Education provisions in Fostering Connections to
    Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
    include
  • Emphasis on the importance of school stability,
    maintaining the school in which the child was
    enrolled at the time of placement, and the need
    for coordination between state and regional child
    welfare and state and local education agencies.
  • Assurance that the placements take into account
    the appropriateness of the current education
    setting and proximity to the school in which the
    child is enrolled at the time of placement in
    foster care.
  • If remaining in the same school is not in the
    childs best interest, the child welfare and
    local education agencies will work together to
    ensure immediate and appropriate enrollment and
    provide ALL of the childs education records to
    the new school.

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2010 Supreme Court of TX orders Childrens
Commission
  • In 2010, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an
    Order Establishing the Education Committee of the
    Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth
    and Families (Childrens Commission). The
    Education Committee a high-level group of court,
    education and child welfare decision-makers
    created a collaborative initiative designed to
    improve educational outcomes of children and
    youth in the Texas foster care system. The order
    resulted in over 100 court, education and child
    welfare stakeholders coming together over an
    18-month period to listen and learn from each
    other, discuss and debate about the issues, and
    ultimately develop recommendations to improve
    educational outcomes of children and youth in
    foster care.
  • The core focus areas were
  • School Readiness,
  • School Stability and Transitions,
  • School Experience,
  • and Post Secondary Education.

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2010 Supreme Court of TX orders Childrens
Commission
  • The Education Committee reached consensus on many
    recommendations, which ranged from changes to
    daily practices, modifications to education and
    child welfare policy, and amendments to Texas
    legal framework. The recommendations, as
    implemented, will impact education, child
    welfare, and judicial practices, and will spur
    multi-disciplinary training, cross-agency data
    exchange, child-specific information sharing, and
    cross-system collaborations.
  • The Texas Blueprint was submitted to the Supreme
    Court of Texas on May 3, 2012. The
    recommendations are included in the Final Report
    of the Education Committee, The Texas Blueprint 
    Transforming Education Outcomes for Children
    Youth in Foster Care.

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2010 Supreme Court of TX orders Childrens
Commission
  • Guiding Principle 1  Children and youth in
    care are entitled to remain in the same school
    when feasible.
  • Guiding Principle 2  Children and youth in
    care experience seamless transitions between
    schools.
  • Guiding Principle 3 Young children in care
    receive services and interventions to be ready to
    learn.
  • Guiding Principle 4  Children and youth in
    care have the opportunity and support to fully
    participate in all developmentally appropriate
    activities and all aspects of the education
    experience.
  • Guiding Principle 5  Children and youth in
    care have supports to prevent school dropout,
    truancy, and disciplinary actions, and to
    reengage in the education experience.
  • Guiding Principle 6  Children and youth in
    care are involved, empowered and prepared to
    self-advocate in all aspects of their education.
  • Guiding Principle 7 Children and youth in care
    have consistent adult support to advocate for and
    make education decisions.
  • Guiding Principle 8 Children and youth in care
    have support to enter and complete post-secondary
    education.

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2013 Education Portion of the Childrens
Commission awarded grant
  • As a result of collaborative work led by the
    Childrens Commission Education Committee, Texas
    was one of ten sites awarded a 17-month federal
    Childrens Bureau demonstration grant, Child
    Welfare Education System Collaboration to
    Increase Educational Stability.
  • The grant assisted Texas Education Agency (TEA)
    in building capacity and collaboration with the
    Childrens Commission and Department of Family
    and Protective Services (DFPS) to address
    improving the education outcomes of students in
    foster care.

16
2014 Foster Care and Student Success
  • TEA developed a premiere resource to support
    Texas schools in addressing the education of
    students in foster care Texas Foster Care
    Student Success Resource Guide (PDF, 7.67 MB).
    This guide is the product of collaboration with
    the Texas Department of Family and Protective
    Services, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the
    Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth
    and Families (Children's Commission). This
    e-guide and training manual contains a variety of
    key researched-based topics and calls attention
    to important matters related to the education of
    students in foster care.  The guide promotes best
    practices and contains numerous tips, tools,
    resources and links to more information.
  • TEA desires that the guide be widely used and
    distributed! Please share with your districts,
    schools and networks. The guide is available in a
    variety of formats. 

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Data sharing and data collection requirements in
PEIMS - TEC 7.029
  • (Chapter 1, p. 16 Chapter 5, pgs. 45-46)

102 Record Column 30
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Immediate school enrollment without records - TEC
25.002(g)
  • (Chapter 7, p. 56)
  • Free eligibility for PRE-K - TEC 29.153(b)(6)
    (Chapter 10, p. 74)

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Previous School
  • Attendance in the school the student was enrolled
    immediately before entering conservatorship, even
    when placed outside of the district attendance
    zone, until the student successfully completes
    the highest grade level offered by the school -
    TEC 25.001(g) (Chapter 8, p. 62)
  • 11th or 12th grade student who transfers to a new
    school district and does not meet the graduation
    requirements of the new school district may
    request a diploma from the former school
    district, when on-track to graduate at the
    previous school - TEC 28.025 (Chapter 9, p. 92)

20
Student Success
  • Excused absences for court-ordered appointments -
    TEC 25.087 (Chapter 10, p. 75)
  • Accelerated instruction (at-risk indicators and
    compensatory education) - TEC 29.081(d)(11)
    (Chapter 6, p. 51 Chapter 11, pgs. 82-83)
  • Transition Assistance from one school to another
    of students in foster care - TEC 25.007
    (Chapter 11, pgs. 84-91)
  • School districts and open enrollment charter
    schools are required to appoint a Foster Care
    Liaison and notify TEA of their Foster Care
    Liaison appointment - TEC 33.904 (Chapter 5, p.
    44)

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Free lifetime college tuition and fees waiver!
  • The waiver is activated when a student enrolls in
    dual credit or another course where a student may
    earn college credit- TEC 54.366 (Chapter 13,
    pgs. 104-106)

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Nutrition
  • Students in foster care are categorically
    eligible for all U.S. Department of Agriculture
    (USDA) child nutrition programs. Caregivers for
    children and youth in foster care do not have to
    complete a separate application to participate in
    these programs (Chapter 10, p. 74).

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA)
  • An amendment to FERPA, Uninterrupted Scholars Act
    (January 2013), allows educational agencies and
    institutions to disclose a students education
    records, without parental consent, to child
    welfare case workers or other representatives of
    a state or local child welfare agency when such
    agency or organization is legally responsible for
    the care and protection of the student (e.g. DFPS
    staff, the childs caregiver, attorney ad litem,
    CASA and others identified by the court order).
    Additionally, USA permits educational agencies
    and institutions to disclose a students
    education records pursuant to a court order
    without requiring additional notice to the parent
    by the educational agency or institution if the
    court has already given the parent notice as a
    party in specified types of court proceedings.
    These changes also apply to the confidentiality
    provisions identified in Individuals with
    Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). School staff
    should follow FERPA regulations when releasing
    school-related information (Chap 9, pgs. 70-71).
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