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 that impat students in Foster Care. This school year’s trainings will include an introductory look or refresher of Foster Care basics (Friday, January 12, 2018), a session to highlight transition needs and services for those aging out of Foster Care (Tuesday, November 14, 2017), and a spring Foster Care Consortium with State Representative James Frank (Tuesday, March 6, 2018). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Texas Education Agency provides guidance for foster care and student success.
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.
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