All children – whether in foster care or not – have a right to a free and appropriate public education. As a foster parent, you are a key part of the team that is instrumental in ensuring your children’s education is meeting their needs. Partnering with children’s social workers, teachers, and educational support staff can be daunting – not to mention all the ins and outs of 504’s and IEPs. Browse the resources below, and feel free to contact your DCF Educational Specialist for guidance.
Foster Care and Education
- Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: A Guide
- Foster Care & Education: Q&A
- Promoting Educational Stability and Success for Youth in Foster Care
- Article: Special Education Decision-Making for Children in Care (Child Law Practice, 2014)
- Special Education & Students in Foster Care: Presentation Slides (2016)
Foster Parents, Youth, and Worker: Roles
- A Foster Parent's Role in Special Ed Decision-Making
- Foster Parents as Special Education Decision-Makers in MA
- A Foster Youth's Role in Special Ed Decision-Making
- A Caseworker's Role in Special Ed Decision-Making
Special Education: General
- A Parent's Guide to Special Education
- How to Resolve Disagreements with Your Child's School
- List of Questions to Ask at IEP Meetings
- Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents
- Ten Steps to the Special Education Process in MA
- What is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?
- Infographic: What is the Difference Between an IEP and a 504?