DHS News April 2014
Forums Scheduled to
Answer Questions About Education Law
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Education Law
Center have partnered to present education forums at Children, Youth and
Families (CYF) Regional Offices in March, April and May.
The events, conducted as open houses, allow CYF personnel
the chance to ask lawyers from the center questions concerning educational
rights. While planned discussion is scheduled at some sessions, mostly the
format allows caseworkers to get information at will at their home office.
Samantha Murphy, DHS Education Liaison, said a stronger
partnership with the Education Law Center and CYF began with the collaborative
work of a federal Education Stability grant received by DHS in 2011. The
center previously has done work with the Office of Data Analysis, Research and
Evaluation (DARE) to help prioritize education needs for youngsters involved in
the child welfare system.
The forums allow caseworkers to strengthen their knowledge
of education law, so that they in turn can assist parents or caregivers with
questions about everything from what services children may be entitled to in
schools, to ensuring an educational evaluation ordered by the courts is
completed. “This will be an opportunity for caseworkers to get good information
to help families advocate for what their kids need,” Samantha said.
The forums will include short discussions of specific
subjects, such as how to transfer school records between districts, how to
request a special education evaluation or how to be sure children in foster
care get a ride to school. Among questions that can be answered are those about
school readiness; early learning opportunities; transportation; appropriate
school placement; qualifications for special education; and discipline.
Sessions were held in March for all departments located in
the Lexington Office Park and in the South Regional Offices. Remaining sessions are
scheduled as follows. All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.
Central Regional Office:
North Regional Office: April 15
Mon Valley Regional Office: May 7
For more information, contact Samantha at 412-350-2441 or
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