Foster Care

  • 400,000 children and youth are in foster care at any given time
  • A positive PK-12 education experience has the potential to be a powerful counterweight to the barriers these vulnerable students experience
  • Participation in and persistence to a postsecondary credential can enhance their well-being, help them make more successful transitions to adulthood, and increase their chances for personal fulfillment and economic self-sufficiency

Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

Foster Care PowerPoint to ensure Education Stability

Educational Opportunities

  • Washburn Tech Programs
  • 18-23 years old: Waived fees and tuition at KS state universities, tech schools, community colleges and Washburn University
  • 21 Credit HS Diploma

Point of Contact

Dr. Joy Grimes
Topeka Public Schools
[email protected]

Doug Boline
(785) 296-2600

Angela Hedrick
(785) 409-6822

Additional Resources

Education Records Transfer for Youths in Foster Care (PDF)

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care (external PDF)

Considerations for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Developing Transportation Procedures for Students in Foster Care Under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (external PDF)

Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care (PDF) Powerpoint from DLS Hot Topics

Dear Colleague Letter issued jointly by ED and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on June 23, 2016. (external link) Information on the effective date of the educational stability provisions.

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