Foster Care Education Program
The Foster Care Education Program provides support to scholars in foster care that ensure educational stability for academic success.
“Foster care” means twenty-four hours per day temporary, substitute care for the child placed away from the child’s parents or guardians, and for whom DSHS or a licensed or certified child placing agency has placement and care responsibility. This includes any out-of-home care (including a relative or suitable person), so long as the child is under the placement and care responsibility of DSHS, and placed in out-of-home care by DSHS.
Foster care scholars have the right to:
- Attend school in the attendance area where they are currently living.
- When in the best interest of the child, attend the school of origin (the school they attended at the time they entered care), or the school in which they were last enrolled.
- Immediate enrollment and support from district Foster Care Liaison in obtaining school records and coordinating services.
- Receive transportation to their school, if necessary.
- Free school meals.
- Support with on-time grade progression and graduation.
For assistance with any scholar that may be eligible, please contact the district liaison.
- State of Washington, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Website
- Peggy Carlson, Program Supervisor of Foster Care Education, State of Washington OSPI
- 360-725-6505, Fostercare@k12.wa.us
- Treehouse, Provides academic support for foster care children and youth
McKinney-Vento & Foster Care Liaison