Designated District Liaison
Each school district and open-enrollment charter school in Texas is required to appoint at-least one employee to act as a foster care liaison officer. This person facilitates the enrollment in or transfer to a public school or open-enrollment charter school of a child in the district or area served by the charter school who is in the conservatorship of the state (TEC § 33.904).
The 83rd Texas Legislative session added open-enrollment charter schools to an existing law that required districts to designate foster care liaisons. New legislation from that session also required that both districts
and charters to submit their foster care liaison’s name and contact information to TEA.
Appoint a Liaison:
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year submit foster care liaison contact information to TEA through the Texas Education Directory, AskTED.
All foster care liaisons submitted previously to TEA through the firstname.lastname@example.org email inbox are included in the AskTED system and there is no need to re-submit your foster care liaison information to the agency. Make sure to contact your district’s AskTED administrator immediately if there are any changes. If your district's or open enrollment charter school's designated liaison is not listed in AskTED, contact your administration immediately.
A note to stakeholders:
The child welfare community and many others have played an important role informing districts of their need to appoint a foster care liaison and to notify TEA of their liaison appointment. If you are working in a district that does not have a foster care liaison appointed please share this requirement with districts. Chapter Five of the Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide is a helpful tool to share with districts.
Where can I find and view contact information for foster care liaison(s)?
For step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to view and download a current list of foster care liaisons in AskTED, please view: “Guidance for how to find the foster care liaison contact information in AskTED”
A comprehensive list of district and charter foster care liaisons and ESC Foster Care Champion contacts, as of July 2014, is provided below for quick reference:
1) Foster Care Liaisons organized alphabetically by district
2) Foster Care Liaisons organized by ESC Region
3) ESC Foster Care Champions
4) Foster Care Liaisons listed by each ESC Region: