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Children who are involved within the foster care system often experience a higher number of school transitions, lower academic achievement, heightened experiences of exclusionary school discipline, higher drop out rates, and decreased access to postsecondary education. 

Educational resources are available to support youth and their families as they face academic challenges. Need more assistance? Complete the contact form below and a team member will reach out to you! 

DFPS Educational Specialists

 Each DFPS Region has a dedication staff member who serves as an education consultant and provides assistance to DFPS staff, school staff, and external stakeholders regarding education issues related to children and youth in foster care.

Region 6A (Harris)

Felicia Bennet-Chambers

Region 6B (Surrounding Counties)

Jennifer Heimbach

Foster Care Liaisons

Every school district and open-enrollment charter school in the state of Texas is required to appoint at least one employee to act as a Foster Care Liaison. This person may facilitate enrollment or school transfers, advocate for the educational needs of students in foster care, or ensure the implementation of required supports and best-practice strategies to promote learning. 

For more information about Foster Care Liaisons, click here.  

Educational Nonprofits

Eight Million Stories transforms the lives of Houston’s at-promise youth 

through education and empowerment. 

Additional Resources

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Fostering Connections) is a federal law that includes improvements for children and youth who are in foster care or at risk of entering foster care. This document reviews the provisions designed to impact youth and young adults.

This document explains expectations regarding the PEIMS foster care indicator code 

and acceptable supporting documentation.  

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed in 2015. It is the most recent version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Educational law, and it places new emphasis on the unique educational needs of children in foster care. This document provides an overview of foster care provisions and requirements.

A student is entitled to remain at their school of origin unless it is not in the student’s best interest. This document provides guidance on School of Origin definition, timeliness that apply, and who determines best interest.    

This e-guide from DFPS, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Children’s Commission, contains key research-based topics and calls attention to important matters pertaining to the education of students in foster care. 

It contains tips, tools, resources and links to more information.

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