ECISD district and campus staff aim to create an inclusive and positive educational experience for students in foster care. In conjunction with Texas School Procedures, the district provides updated guidance to district staff on the complexities of the foster care system and the relevant laws and policies that influence a student in foster care's educational experience. ECISD strives to fulfill the education provisions of the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 that promotes school stability and requires coordination across child welfare and educational systems.
Foster Care Liaison
Each school district is statutorily required to appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the enrollment in and/or transfer to a public school or open enrollment charter school of students in the conservatorship of the state. The Foster Care Liaison must also facilitate the handling records of students in the legal custody of The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) when enrolling in or changing schools.
The district's Foster Care Liaison:
- may oversee, train, and implement foster care requirements.
- communicates familiarity with enrollment, records transfer, existing community services, and student support.
- monitors state and federal educational requirements.
- coordinates with campuses, community service agencies, caregivers, local colleges, and advocates involved with the child welfare system.
- collaborates with school counselors on their roles and responsibilities for youth in foster care.
- coordinates with district leads for PEIMS, registrars, transportation, and counselors for support as needed.
- works with DFPS to support education best-interest decisions
TEA Guidance - Foster Care & Student Success
Foster Care & Student Success, housed in Texas Education Agency's Division of Federal and State Education Policy maintains resources and information for school district liaisons, educators, students, and others interested in supporting the educational success of students in foster care. The resources and materials provided are intended to provide guidance related to the unique circumstances surrounding students who live in foster care and attend Texas public schools. In Texas, over 16,000 school-age students live in foster care.
UTSA, Texas A&M-SA, Alamo Colleges, Bexar County Children's Court and Child Advocates San Antonio lead a collaborative pilot program to improve college access and graduation rates for foster care alumni.
In collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families (Children's Commission), TEA has developed a resource to support Texas schools in addressing the education of students in foster care.
Raquel Hernandez, LMSW
ECHS Social Worker
District Foster Care Liaison:
Coordinator of Social Emotional Development
District McKinney Vento Liaison:
Director of Student Services