Fostering Connections

  • Promoting educational stability and academic success for children and youth in out of home placement and foster care.

    How We Can Help

    • Assist in keeping students in their same school when their out-of-home placement changes
    • Help students immediately enroll in school and transfer their school records
    • Ensure students receive free school meals
    • Coordinate student transportation to his or her school of origin whenever possible
    • Make referrals for medical, legal, food and county benefits, and mental health services
    • Advocate for special education services
    • Educate students and families about credit recovery options
    • Assist with the application process for college or other post-secondary education
    • Refer students to independent living resources in the community
    • Assist students in accessing educational training vouchers

    Student Rights

    The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 is a federal law that plans for the educational stability of school-age children and youth placed in out-of- home care. Students in out-of-home placement and foster care environments have the right to:

    • Continue in the schools they were enrolled in at the time of placement
    • Receive transportation to the school they were enrolled in at the time of placement
    • Participate in the same programs and services that are provided to all other SPPS students including extracurricular activities
    • Immediately enroll in any school without immunization records or other school records

Important Links

Resources for Youth in Foster Care

  • Succeeding in High School

  • Independence & Adulthood

  • Post Secondary Options

  • Know Your Rights

  • Extended Foster Care

  • Jobs and Community Involvement

Resources for Foster Parents

  • College Readiness

  • Helpful Links for Caregivers