• Fostering Connections
    Promoting educational stability and academic success for children and youth in out of home placement and foster care
     
    CONTACT CINDY MCGOWAN FOR MORE INFORMATION AT CINDY.MCGOWAN@SPPS.ORG
    651-632-3791
     

    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


  • Fostering Connections referral link

  • College Possible - Opportunities for foster youth to access and learn about college: 

    OHE - Office of Higher Education resources for School Counselors

  •  Foster Care to Success