Foster Care

NYS and the Federal government have recognized the unique needs of children in foster care by providing guidance and enacting laws to increase educational stability and improve the educational outcomes achieved. The state and federal laws and guidance clarify the joint responsibilities of education and child welfare agencies to collaborate so that students in foster care achieve educational stability.

Guidance and resources which may be accessed on NYSED’s Foster Care webpage.

January 2019 - Students in Foster Care – Broadcast Education Session on Educational Stability 10/29/18 Foster Care Video, PowerPoint and handouts. This training is strongly encouraged for both school and local departments of social services' foster care points of contact, School Administrators, Finance and Business personnel, Directors of Pupil Transportation and other interested school personnel.

August 21, 2018 - Students in Foster Care: Tool Kit for Local Education Agencies and Local Social Services Agencies 2018 

April 2018 - Fostering Success in Education: National Factsheet on the Education Outcomes of Children in Foster Care

June 22, 2016 - US Department of Education Memo: Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care.

See also:  NYSCSH Guidelines and Memos by Content >Foster Care

Page updated 3/26/19