TAA Foster Care Awareness

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May 17, 2013

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

 

In recognition of National Foster Care Month, please join with TEA to increase awareness and contribute to improving the educational outcomes of Texas’ 16,000 students in foster care.  The Texas Legislature has identified school success as a positive counterbalance to the many challenges and obstacles foster youth face, and has required each school district to appoint a school district foster care liaison pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC) 33.904. If you have not yet notified TEA of the name of your foster care liaison, please submit the name of your district’s appointment to fostercareliaison@tea.texas.gov.

To assist schools with implementing their statutory responsibilities regarding students in foster care, TEA has compiled a list of foster care and education resources for your use.

Your district can contribute to the educational success of students in foster care by:

  • Facilitating a smooth transition for students in foster care who must move to a new school by working collaboratively with other schools and districts to ensure that records are transferred in a timely fashion and students are re-enrolled immediately, awarded credits earned, and placed in appropriate classes and grade levels.
  • Using trauma-informed practices in the classroom. See the free Child Trauma Toolkit in both English and Spanish from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
  • Promoting postsecondary messages and opportunities. Connect students with resources.
  • Strengthening collaboration with child welfare, courts, child advocacy organizations, foster parents, and others involved with children and youth in foster care.

Email your questions, comments, or concerns to fostercareliaison@tea.texas.gov. Thank you for your commitment to students in foster care!

Sincerely,

Anita Givens
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs