- New! DCYF and School District Transportation Shared Cost Procedure
- Accessing Free and Reduced-Price School Meals
- Foster Care Eligibility Flow Chart
- Monthly School District Foster Care Liaison Forums are found on the Resources and Training page
- Foster Care CEDARS Instructions
- CPR Foster Care Checklist with Strategies for Success
The Foster Care Program at OSPI supports students in foster care by encouraging innovative practices that reduce educational disruptions, strengthen school stability, and improve academic performance. Schools, child welfare agencies, communities, and families must work together to provide the equitable opportunities, specialized services, and useful supports that are essential for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life.
As part of the Student Support division, the Foster Care Education Program partners with educators, foster parents, social workers, state agencies, and advocates as they work to support the whole child through evidence-based, best-practices and collaboration.
Find contact information for school district liaisons and DCYF staff who can help resolve issues and provide support.
Learn about the responsibilities in your new role.
Browse through this comprehensive, interactive guide for detailed information.
Find state and federal laws that support students in foster care along with guidance to help with implementation and advocacy.
Find information about helping students in foster care with financial aid and other post-secondary resources.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Foster Care Education in Washington State.
State & National Websites
- Treehouse Treehouse is dedicated to closing the achievement gap between students in foster care and their peers by providing access to the services they deserve to be successful in school and in life. OSPI contracts with Treehouse to provide Educational Advocacy and Graduation Success programs.
- Treehouse Resource Center for Caregiver, Youth, and Educators
- Office of Education Ombuds (OEO)
- Washington Association of Child Advocate Programs
- Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA)
- Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Preparing for the New School Year During COVID-19: A Checklist for LEAs and Child Welfare Agencies This comprehensive checklist will guide LEAs and child welfare agencies on topics such as information sharing, collaborating, supporting students and caregivers, accessing technology, special education, and making educational decisions for students in foster care. The checklist also includes tips and considerations for LEAs and child welfare agencies for specific learning models (in-person, hybrid, or distance learning.)
- SchoolHouse Connection
Tools and materials on this page are created to assist districts in the implementation of state and federal laws as well as to assist others in advocating for students in foster care.