E-06 - Ensuring Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care   Advanced

  Education of Foster Youth   Legal

Ensuring educational stability for youth in care underpins one of the most important indicators for a child’s long-term well-being--educational success. Studies continue to show that children in foster care experience far worse educational outcomes than other students both nationally and in Washington State. There are laws and policies aimed at ensuring educational success and stability in Washington state, and they need to be understood, followed, and (adhered to) enforced in every dependency case. This training aims to equip attorneys representing children and other child advocates with the knowledge of laws and policies required to help ensure educational stability while in the foster care system. This training will provide an overview of past federal laws such as No Child Left Behind, the Fostering Connections Act, and the McKinney Vento Act, while examining the newly- implemented Every Student Succeeds Act, RCWs, and DCFS policies. After attending this training, attorneys will be provided with a checklist and roadmap of how to obtain educational stability for their clients through the use of state and federal law and policies.