Foster Care & Student Success - Texas School District Foster Care Liaisons

 

Designated District Liaison:

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:

Region 1Region 5Region 9Region 13Region 17
Region 2Region 6Region 10Region 14Region 18
Region 3Region 7Region 11Region 15Region 19
Region 4Region 8Region 12Region 16Region 20

 

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.

TEA Assistance:

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 fostercareliaison@tea.state.tx.us. 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' section below.

Conclusion:

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.

Trainings:

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 the PowerPoint)

3) School District Foster Care Liaisons 101 - Guidance for Texas School District Foster Care Liaisons (View the PowerPoint)

 

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