In Region 9, the Red River Foster Care Consortium meets several times a year to promote cross-system practices and collaborative strategies that improve educational stability and achievement, while increasing awareness about the complexities and challenges which impact students in foster care. Each year, Region 9 ESC hosts a Foster Care Consortium in the fall and spring in order to provide up-to-date foster care information and resources.
In Texas, nearly 16,000 school-age students are in foster care on any given day. These students face unique challenges that greatly impact their success in the school environment and long-term functioning. School personnel, including foster care liaisons, coordinate cross-system efforts with representatives from the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Children's Commission, and other entities to improve the educational outcomes of students in foster care.
Approximately 30-40% of children in foster care at any given time have disabilities. In addition, children in foster care are also less likely to receive special education services. This may be due to a slow exchange of educational records or a disruption in services during a change in home and parent. These factors have a negative impact on academic achievement for students.
LEGAL UPDATES: Effective September 1, 2017
Foster parents acting as a parent of a child with a disability are required to complete a training program before the student’s next scheduled Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee meeting, but not later than the 90th day after the foster parent begins acting as the parent for the purpose of making special education decisions.
Click here for access to an online module that satisfies the state’s requirements for this training program.
Click here for a form to document completion of Foster Parent training.
The Texas Education Agency provides guidance for foster care and student success through the following resources:
For more information regarding foster care, contact Lacy Murphey.