Foster Care

Foster Care

October 30, 2014

Foster Care

 Children are at times placed in "out-of-home" care by the Texas Department

of Family and Protective Services (TDPRS).  This placement is usually known as foster or kinship care.  The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act was passed by the US Congress in 2008.  The law addresses six basic issues, one of which focuses on the educational stability and opportunities for school success.

 

The US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human

Services have come together providing guidance to all administrators of school districts and child welfare agencies.  The joint letter informs both federal agencies of the provisions in federal law that mandates the collaborative work that will be conducted in support of school stability and school success.

 

 

Services for Students in Foster Care

 If you have questions about or need help with the following services please contact...

 Pearsall ISD Foster Care Liaison:

 Brandi Feldhousen, Special Programs Coordinator

 Brandi.Feldhousen@pearsallisd.org or 830-334-8001 ext. 1134

  

 

 

Families and Students

  • Access free meals for all eligible students
  • Enrollment assistance
  • Provision of school supplies and uniforms for eligible students
  • Make appropriate referrals for needed services in the community
  • Provide training and awareness workshops

 

Campus Personnel

  • Assist with eligibility determinations (Pre-K – 12 grade)
  • Assist personnel in accessing school records.
  • Provide guidance regarding the law
  • Conduct campus visits supporting communication and networking
  • Provide training and workshops

 

District

  • Provide support during natural disasters i.e. hurricanes, floods, etc.
  • Complete the grant application for continued financial support.
  • Ensure that district policy is aligned with federal law.
  • Provide guidance to various departments regarding the implementation of the Fostering Connections Act.

Community

  • Partner and network with community organizations to ensure the academic success of all eligible students.
    • TDFPS (Texas Department of Family & Protective Services)
    • Foster Care Placement Agencies
    • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

 

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