Students who are in foster care face unique challenges in maintaining educational stability. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 require that social service agencies and local educational agencies collaborate to ensure the educational stability of foster care students. To provide for the educational stability of foster care students, local educational agencies and county/tribal child welfare agencies must collaborate to:
- Create and enact a written transportation agreement for the transportation of foster students. The responsibility to initiate the agreement lies with districts and charter schools, as they must provide the Minnesota Department of Education with an assurance that such an agreement is in place.
- Ensure transportation for a student in foster care placement outside of the school district they are attending at the time of placement, often referred to as the school of origin, when in the foster student's best interests.
- If not in the best interest of the foster care student to remain in their school of origin, ensure the immediate enrollment of the student in another appropriate educational setting.
Non-regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care was provided by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.
Foster Care Frequently Asked Questions - 10/26/17