Resources & Tools – Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care in Pennsylvania

Resources & Tools

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Regional Website Resources for Pennsylvania Foster Care

PDE and DHS Joint Guidance Sample Tools

The Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services have released sample tools to support educational stability and dual-agency collaboration between LEAs and CCYAs in Pennsylvania.

Best Interest Determination (BID) for Children in Foster Care School Placement Form

Best Interest Determination (BID) Recommended Participants

Best Interest Determination (BID) Recommended Process

County Children and Youth Agency Education Liaison Roles and Responsibilities

Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care in Pennsylvania Flyer

Foster Care Student School Stability Tool

Local Transportation Plan Form

Pennsylvania Regional and Site Coordinators Map

Pennsylvania Transportation Plan Guide

School Foster Care Point of Contact (POC) Roles and Responsibilities

Transportation Agreement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Highlighted Resources

Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive resources to help protect children and strengthen families. The following is a resource roundup from Child Welfare Information Gateway to ensure children and youth in foster care have are aware of the educational supports they are entitled to.

Resource Roundup from Child Welfare Information Gateway

1. Educational Supports for Youth in Foster Care

Part of a State Statute Series, this publication provides summaries of state laws and policies about programs that support youth in out-of-home care achieve their education goals.

2. Educational Stability and the Every Student Succeeds Act

Find other resources on how the provisions of the Ever Student Succeeds Act are guiding agencies and organizations in providing educational stability.

3. College Scholarships and Support for Higher Education

Youth in or aging out of foster care have access to financial help for higher education. Explore this webpage for resources on these opportunities.

4. Meeting Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Out-of-Home Care

Life outside of school affects performance in school. Find resources exploring the policies and practices that can help children and youth in foster care have their educational needs identified and met.

Foster Care eNewsletter

August 2021 – Back to School

May 2022 – Foster Care Month

Other Resources

Administration for Children and Families

Casey Family Programs 

Child Trends

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare League of America

Foster Care to Success

Legal Center for Foster Care and Education

Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network

SchoolHouse Connection

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, & Research

The Office of Children & Families in the Courts

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services