Improving the Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care
Under the guidance of the Foster Care Education Program, Evergreen Public Schools collaborates with child welfare agencies, school communities, families and foster families to improve outcomes of students in foster care. Each Child Team uses evidence-based, best professional practices to make action plans fitting the best interest of the individual student. Team planning focuses on a three-pronged approach to supporting the whole child: reducing disruption, strengthening stability, and improving academic performance.
Students under the responsibility of DSHS and placed in twenty-four hour per day temporary, substitute care, placed away from the child’s parents and guardians are eligible for the Foster Care Program. Students continue to be eligible while remaining in foster care, including the event of a change of foster care placement.
Educational Rights of Students in Foster Care
- To reduce disruption, strengthen stability, and improve academic performance, students in foster care are entitled to:
- Maintain enrollment in the school of origin if that is in the best interest of the student (School of Origin is the school attended when foster care began or at the time of a foster placement change).
- Receive a free, appropriate education.
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Receive transportation, if necessary, to and from the school of origin.
- Qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch Program.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student’s needs.
- Receive academic and attendance support to promote positive educational advancement.