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Foster Care Education Program

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Foster Care Education Program
Improving the Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care

Schools, child welfare agencies, communities, and families must work together to provide the equitable opportunities, specialized services, and useful supports that are essential for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life.

The Foster Care Program at OSPI supports students in foster care by encouraging innovative practices that reduce educational disruptions, strengthen school stability, and improve academic performance.

As part of the Student Support division, the Foster Care Education Program partners with educators, foster parents, social workers, state agencies, and advocates as they work to support the whole child through evidence-based, best-practices and collaboration.

Information For School District Foster Care Liaisons
Learn about the responsibilities in your new role.

Guide to Supporting Students in Foster Care
Browse through this comprehensive, interactive guide for detailed information.

State and Federal Requirements
Find state and federal laws that support students in foster care along with guidance to help with implementation and advocacy.

Foster Care Liaisons/DSHS Contacts
Find contact information by county, DSHS region, and school district for liaisons and Children’s Administration staff who can help resolve issues and provide support.

Postsecondary Education
Find information about helping students in foster care with financial aid and other post-secondary resources.

Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Foster Care Education in Washington State.

Tools and materials on this page are created to assist districts in the implementation of state and federal laws as well as to assist others in advocating for students in foster care.




   Updated 3/26/2019

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