Perhaps more than any other population, foster children are in desperate need of high-quality public education. They depend on the education system to provide positive role models, a network of friendships, skills to succeed in life, and identification and provision of special education services -- resources and supports that other children may find at home or through their extended network of family and friends.
Unfortunately, most foster youth do not receive the education they need. They are frequently bounced from home to home and consequently from school to school. This leads to prolonged absences, inappropriate placements, missing records, lost credits, enrollment in inappropriate classes, and deficient special education services.
As a consequence of these systemic failures, the educational outcomes of foster children are tragically poor. [For more information, download a copy of the National Center for Youth Law's: Education Advocacy Systems.]
Foster youth education advocacy resources
- Initial Assessment for Special Education:
- Individual Education Plan ("IEP") Meetings:
- School Discipline:
- Behavior and Mental Health:
Change of Education Rights Holder:
California Dept. of Education: Surrogate Parents in California Special
Education: An Overview
- JV-535 Form
- California Dept. of Education: Surrogate Parents in California Special