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Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

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Context

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 will help hundreds of thousands of children and youth in foster care by promoting permanent families for them through relative guardianship and adoption, improving health care, and supporting educational stability.

NOTE: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in December 2015, includes new provisions related to educational access and stability for children and youth in foster care under Title I, Part A of the Act. Please visit NCHE's Title I, Part A webpage for more information.

Legislation


Regulations | Guidance | Memoranda

View Guidance on Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
Read the August 2011 joint letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education encouraging schools and child welfare agencies to coordinate further to improve educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care through collaborative efforts to implement the Fostering Connections Act.
Read the May 2014 joint letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education reminding schools and child welfare agencies of their obligation to work together to ensure educational stability for children and youth in foster care.

Resources

Fostering Connections Implementation Toolkit: Improving Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care
This Toolkit from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education is a compilation of the most recent Fostering Connections tools released by the Center. It provides a step-by-step guide on implementation of the education stability provisions of Fostering Connections, and includes examples from across the country. The Toolkit is designed for all stakeholders: state or county child welfare administrators or caseworkers, state or district education agency staff, judges, attorneys or guardians ad litem (GALs), and other advocates. It can be used by a state just beginning to implement the education provisions of Fostering Connections, or one that has been working on improving education stability prior to the passage of the law.
Download Fostering Connections Implementation Toolkit: Improving Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care.

U.S. Department of Education: Students in Foster Care
This webpage from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on relevant laws, guidance, and technical assistance materials related to educational support for students in foster care.
Visit the Students in Foster Care webpage.


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