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Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 is federal legislation that promotes both improved outcomes and permanency for children in foster care. As it relates to education, the law requires that the state Department of Education, local education and welfare agencies collaborate to promote educational stability and ensure that children in foster care are enrolled as full-time students in school. Topics covered by the law include enrollment, school records, and transportation.   

An overview of the law 
The Fostering Connection Resource Center

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is federal legislation that addresses the education of homeless children and youth and those awaiting placement in foster care. The law mandates that services to facilitate education continuity be made promptly available for this population. Topics covered by the law include academic achievement, school selection, enrollment, dispute resolution, transportation, local liaisons and segregation based on homelessness.

pdf.gif An overview of the law 
pdf.gif Determining eligibility for rights and services under the law 
pdf.gif Enrolling a student without records 
pdf.gif Enrolling a student who is homeless 
pdf.gif Supporting students with disabilities who are homeless  
pdf.gif Resolving disputes
pdf.gif Resolving transportation issues

Strategies for educators and child welfare advocates for implementing McKinney-Vento and Fostering Connections

pdf.gif Best Practices in Homeless Education -- When Working Together Works: Academic Success for Students in Out-of-home Care
Developed by the Legal Center for Foster Care and the Education and National Center for Homeless Education

Improving Educational Continuity and School Stability for Children in Out-of-Home Care 
Funded and prepared by Casey Family Programs

pdf.gif The McKinney-Vento Act and Children and Youth Awaiting Foster Care Placement Strategies for Improving Educational Outcomes through School Stability (Full Report)
pdf.gif Executive Summary
Prepared by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth with funding from Casey Family Programs


Other helpful websites related to McKinney-Vento and Fostering Connections

Homeless Children’s Education Fund 
National Center for Homeless Education
National Law Center on Education of Children and Youth
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty