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Title I, Part A - Foster Care

ESSA - Title I, Part A
  • Reauthorizes and amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)
  • Requires States to report on achievement and graduation rates for children in foster care
  • Removed “awaiting foster care placement” from the definition of a homeless child or youth under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Includes new foster care provisions that complement requirements in the Fostering Connections Act
  • Emphasizes shared agency responsibility/decision making
  • All education stability provisions must be implemented by December 10, 2016
Who is a Child in Foster Care?

The Title I foster care provisions apply to ALL children in foster care enrolled in schools in the SEA. • “Foster Care” means 24-hour substitute care for all children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the child welfare agency has placement and care responsibility. • Includes placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and pre-adoptive homes. • A child in foster care regardless of whether the foster care facility is licensed and payments are made by the State, Tribal, or local agency for the care of the child, whether adoption subsidy payments are being made prior to the finalization of an adoption, or whether there is Federal matching of any payments that are made. (45 C.F.R. § 1355.20(a)).

 ESSA Foster Care Requirements
The steps the SEA will take to ensure collaboration with the State child welfare agency to ensure the educational stability of children in foster care, including assurances that: 
    1. Foster youth remain in their school of origin, unless a determination is made that it is not in their best interest. Questions 10
    2. Children can remain in the school of origin for their entire time in foster care, if it is determined to be in their best interest.             Question 11 
    3. The best interest determination must be based on all factors, including:
         Appropriateness of the current educational setting
         Proximity to the school in which the child is enrolled at the time of placement. 

Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution Procedures - Foster Care

Foster Care Liaison
Amber Cox
(417) 723-5300