There are many resources and information to help you understand and support the educational success of students in foster care. Review the recommended resources and information to get started.
NEW - Information Sharing Between Child Welfare and Schools: Maintaining Privacy and Promoting Educational Success (PDF)
NEW - Transition Planning Guide for Students in Foster Care Receiving Special Education Services (PDF)
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Foster Care, Preliminary Implementation Q & A (PDF)
TEA Graduation Program Toolkit (HB 5)
PEIMS Supplemental Guidance, Foster Care (PDF)
Texas Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide (PDF)
Talking to Foster Youth about School (outside source PDF)
Education is the Lifeline for Students in Foster Care (outside source PDF)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Transitional Living Services - Revised Dec. 2013 (outside source)
What Teachers and Educators Can Do to Help Youth In Foster Care (outside source PDF)
It’s My Life: Post Secondary and Education Guide (outside source)
Questions and Answers: Credit Transfer & School Completion (outside source PDF)
McKinney Vento/Homeless Liaison & Foster/Substitute Care Brief (outside source PDF)
Beyond the Basics: How Extracurricular Activities Can Benefit Foster Youth (outside source)
Fostering Connections (outside source)- National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (outside source)
Children's Commission - Texas Blueprint Website (outside source)
These videos are excellent resources to use in trainings and to increase awareness about students in foster care.
Endless Dreams, Casey Family Programs (YouTube) is an introductory video for educators, 15:05 min.
Confronting Stereotypes of Youth in Foster Care (outside source), Catholic Family Center addresses school related stereotypes, 11:44 min.
Culture of Foster Care Postcard Slide Show (outside source), Foster Care Alumni of America (foster care alumni insight about foster care 10:23 min.
Aging Out, PBS Documentary, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities: this two-part documentary profiles youth who age-out of foster care.
Part 1 (outside source) - 10:11 min.
Part 2 (outside source) - 11:47 min.