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Educational Supports for Youth Involved in Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice

World Wide Web Icon American Bar Association: Legal Center for Foster Care and Education 
The Legal Center for Foster Care & Education serves as a national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in out-of-home care. The Legal Center for Foster Care & Education provides expertise and relevant information to states and constituents, facilitates networking to advance promising practices and reforms, and provides technical assistance to respond to the ever-growing demands for legal support and guidance.

World Wide Web Icon PDF Icon Common Myths about the Education Rights of Children in Foster Care 
A publication of the Education Law Center that clarifies common myths about the education rights of children in foster care. These myths deal with where the child can attend school, what is required for enrollment, who can give parental consent, who can sign the Sworn Statement, transferring an IEP from one school to another, and appointing a Surrogate Parent for a child in foster care who has a disability.

World Wide Web Icon PDF Icon Educational Aftercare & Reintegration Toolkit for Juvenile Justice Professionals 
A comprehensive publication of the Education Law Center designed to help juvenile justice professionals identify, make recommendations about and advocate for the educational needs of delinquent youth from the pre-placement dispositional hearing to release and reintegration into the community.


Education Screen and Education Records training 
PowerPoint Education Screen and Education Records
PDF Icon Education Screen and Education Records  

A short overview of the Education Screen used by child welfare staff and providers in Allegheny County and why it is important and the key issues impacting children in care.

  • FERPA (Federal Education Rights & Privacy Act) issues  
  • Advocating for appropriate school placements  
  • How to obtain education records  
  • What to look for in reviewing records

Supporting documents  

For information about other related trainings 



 
World Wide Web Icon Fostering Connections -Federal Legislation about Education 
A website with information on the federal law Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, including a description of the law, regulations and effective dates of provisions within the law. This site also provides highlights of state implementation strategies across the country.  

World Wide Web Icon PDF Icon How Can a Pennsylvania Foster Parent Help a Child in Care Get Needed Special Education Help?
A publication of the Education Law Center that discusses a foster parent’s role in making education decisions for a child in their care and how this role can change depending on who else is involved in the child’s life.

World Wide Web Icon PDF Icon How Can a Pennsylvania Judge Help a Child in Care Get Needed Special Education Help? 
A publication of the Education Law Center that discusses a judge’s role in identifying or appointing an education decision maker for a child in out-of-home care who has a disability. This resource also includes tips for judges to consider when they become involved in identifying or appointing an education decision maker for a child in out-of-home care who has a disability.

World Wide Web Icon PDF Icon How to Enroll a Child Living with Someone Other than a Parent 
A publication of the Education Law Center that provides advice about how to enroll a child who lives with someone other than the biological parent who may or may not have legal custody of the child. It also outlines the documents required for enrollment, what should happen if the school does not enroll the child promptly, and what questions the school can ask of the person enrolling the child.

World Wide Web Icon PDF Icon Know Your Rights: A Guide for Youth in Substitute Care in Pennsylvania  
A joint publication of the Juvenile Law Center and KidsVoice. This comprehensive publication addresses issues of the rights of youth in care, placement facility rules and procedures, planning for after a youth leaves care, and many more important issues related to the needs and experience of youth in substitute are in Pennsylvania.

World Wide Web Icon Pa. Child Welfare Training Program – University of Pittsburgh Achieving Positive Educational Outcomes
Link to training curriculum and other key resources developed by the University of Pittsburgh’s Child Welfare Training Program. Curriculum on other topics is also available at the website. 

World Wide Web Icon US Department of Health and Human Services – Meeting the Educational Needs of Children in Out of Home Care
This link takes you to the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families and provides numerous resources to help a variety of audiences – from caseworkers and probation officers, to school personnel and social service providers – to understand and help meet the educational needs of children and youth in out-of-home care. 

World Wide Web Icon Who Can Make General and Special Education Decisions for Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Justice Involved Youth
A link to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services education website that contains information on who can be an education decision maker, how the education decision maker is identified or appointed, who can be and education decision maker for a child with a disability and how an education decision maker is identified or appointed for a child with a disability. 

Important Contacts

World Wide Web Icon Education Law Center
Education Law Center is a non-profit legal advocacy and educational organization, dedicated to ensuring that all of Pennsylvania’s children have access to a quality public education.

World Wide Web Icon Juvenile Law Center 
Juvenile Law Center is a national nonprofit public interest law firm that advances and protects the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and justice systems by using legal advocacy, publications, projects, public education, and training to ensure those children receive the protection and services they need to become productive adults.

World Wide Web Icon Allegheny County Juvenile Probation Office 
This link provides information on what the Juvenile Probation Office does and addresses and phone numbers for the various probation offices throughout the county.

World Wide Web Icon KidsVoice 
KidsVoice provides full-service legal representation to children involved in the child welfare system and engages in advocacy efforts to protect and advance the interests of these children.

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