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Supporting School Proximity: Requirements, Strategies and State Examples NAEHCY National Conference November 6, 2011. Collaboration between ABA, Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Stuart Foundation, in conjunction with the Juvenile Law Center and Education Law Center.

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Supporting School Proximity:

Requirements, Strategies and State Examples

NAEHCY National Conference

November 6, 2011

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Collaboration between ABA, Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Stuart Foundation, in conjunction with the Juvenile Law Center and Education Law Center.

A national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children and youth in out-of-home care.

Website: www.ambar.org/LegalCenter

Listserv, Conference Calls, Publications, Searchable Database

outline for presentation
Outline for Presentation

Fostering Connections Act and Supporting School Proximity

Sacramento County Foster Youth Services Program, School Connect

Tools and Resources

fostering connections to success and increasing adoptions act of 2008
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
  • Amends Title IV (Parts B and E) of the Social Security Act
  • Broad-reaching amendments to child welfare law; requires court oversight
  • Important provisions promoting education stability and enrollment for youth in care
  • Changes child welfare law, but cannot be fully realized without collaboration from education system
appropriateness and proximity
Appropriateness and Proximity

Living placement takes into account the appropriateness of the current educational setting and the proximity to the school.

42 U.S.C.A. 675(1)(G)(i)

school stability requirements cont
School Stability Requirements, cont

Ensure child remains in same school unless not in the child’s best interest.

42 U.S.C.A. 675(1)(G)(ii)

Federal reimbursement allowability for school transportation. 42 U.S.C.A. 675(4)(A).

If not in the best interest to remain, immediate and appropriate enrollment in new school, with records.

42 U.S.C.A. 675(1)(G)(ii)

proximity is not always easy
Proximity is not always “easy”

“[t]he title IV-E agency is vested with the

responsibility for making individual placement

decisions on a case-by-case basis on behalf of

a child in foster care. As such, we realize that

the agency will be balancing the child’s needs

for proximity to the family, the available foster

care resources, along with the appropriateness

of the child’s current educational setting,

among other things.”

(July 2010 Program Instruction)

benefits of proximity
Benefits of Proximity
  • Improves transition, reunification
  • Increases connection with community and improves community support for the child (family members, coaches, teachers, and church members)
  • Improves quality of school experience (i.e. extracurriculars)
  • Saves time and money for child welfare and education agencies
  • Reduce commuting time for child
supporting proximity
Supporting Proximity
  • Using Technology to find placements
    • GIS mapping (Illinois, Louisiana)
    • Other Programs (Sacramento)
  • Increasing Neighborhood Placement Options
    • GIS mapping (Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois)
    • Community-based recruitment (Arizona, AECF, San Diego)
    • School-based recruitment (Vermont, Baltimore, San Francisco)
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Foster Focus and School Connect:Improving School Stability and Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

Virginia D’Amico, Project Specialist

Sacramento County Office of Education

Foster Youth Services

legal center for foster care and education resources
Legal Center for Foster Care and Education Resources

www.ambar.org/LegalCenterMATERIALS

  • Data and Information Sharing (Manual and Tools)
  • McKinney-Vento and Fostering Connections Overlap Series
  • Fostering Connections Toolkit
  • State Law Chart and AFCP Chart
  • Searchable Database
blueprint for change education success for children in foster care
Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Children in Foster Care

8 Goals for Youth

Benchmarks for each goal indicating progress toward achieving education success

National, State, and Local Examples

endless dreams
Endless Dreams

Endless DreamsVideo &Curriculum—Casey Family Programs

These practice-oriented tools were designed to support educational advocates, education specialists, education liaisons, CASA volunteers, child welfare professionals, and others that assist youth in care with their educational needs.

This curriculum was developed to educate educators about the unique educational needs of youth in foster care.

Access to the curriculum requires participation in a certified trainer of trainers program.

For free videos, and information about Endless Dreams, contact contactus@casey.org

contact information
Contact Information

Kristin Kelly - ABA Center on

Children and the Law, Legal Center

for Foster Care and Education

Kristin.Kelly@AmericanBar.Org

Virginia D’Amico