Each School District and open-enrollment charter school in
Texas is required to appoint at-least one employee to act as a liaison officer
to facilitate the enrollment in
or transfer to a public school
or open-enrollment charter school of a child in the district or area served by
the charter school who in the conservatorship of the state (TEC § 33.904).
During the 83rd Texas Legislative session open-enrollment charter schools
were added to an existing law that required districts to designate foster care
liaisons. In this legislative session it became a requirement that both districts
and charters are required to submit their foster care liaison’s name and
contact information to TEA (see below).
TEA is developing a comprehensive list of foster care liaisons
to support both liaisons and stakeholders in coordinating successful
enrollment, efficient transfers and academic support for students in foster
care. Many Education Service Centers (ESCs) have also
voluntarily designated a Foster Care Champion to support districts and
coordinate efforts in addressing the educational success of students. The
names and contact information of identified liaisons are provided below:
1) Foster Care Liaisons organized alphabetically by district
2) Foster Care Liaisons organized by ESC Region
3) ESC Foster Care Champions
4) Foster Care Liaisons listed
by each ESC Region:
Appoint a Liaison:
If your districts and/or
open enrollment charter schools designated liaison is unknown, please contact
your administration immediately. In the event your district does not have a
designated liaison, district administration should assign a liaison(s)
immediately. Please register your districts liaison with TEA to receive
information related to foster care and education.
A note to stakeholders:
ESC’s, the child welfare
community and many others have played an important role in assisting TEA with informing
districts of their need to appoint a foster care liaison and to notify TEA of
their liaison appointment. If you
are working in a district that does not have a foster care liaison appointed
please share this requirement with districts. Chapter Five of the Foster Care & Student Success
Resource Guide is a helpful tool to share with districts.
A comprehensive Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide was published in fall 2013 to equip Texas
schools and support liaisons in advancing the educational success of students
in foster care. TEA also has a designated email to
field foster care liaison and foster care education related inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, TEA has developed a ‘Foster Care Education’
listserv to distribute information and provide training updates. Lastly,
introductory webinar trainings have been provided and can be viewed under the 'Trainings'
There are many statutory
requirements in the Texas Education Code to benefit students in foster care.
School liaisons are encouraged to become familiar with these provisions and
assist their district in establishing practices that improve the educational
experience of students in foster care. The Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide is a foundational resource designed to equip
and empower you with important and practical information in addressing the
education of students in foster care. Return to TEA’s website for updates and
information as it become available.
1) Welcome-Back Foster Care Liaison Webinar - Introduction of the Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide, plus new updates for the 2013-2014 school year.
2) School District Foster Care Liaisons 201 - Understanding CPS
& Court (View
3) School District Foster Care Liaisons 101 - Guidance for Texas
School District Foster Care Liaisons (View