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Education Matters


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Presented by Penny Page, CASA NYS

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Education Matters

  1. 1. An Educational Portrait ofChildren in Foster Care Penny Page CASA- NY
  2. 2. 10 HARD FACTSAbout the Education of Children in Foster Care
  3. 3. Children in foster care arevulnerable to school failure.
  4. 4. Children in foster care are more likely to bemedically fragile than other children.
  5. 5. Children in foster care oftenlack educational stability.
  6. 6. Children in foster care often fall well behindtheir peers in academic performance.
  7. 7. Children in foster care often experiencegaps in schooling.
  8. 8. Children in foster care often lackcontinuity in education services.
  9. 9. Children in foster care receive specialeducation services at three to five times thenational rate .
  10. 10. Children in foster care are twice as likelyas their peers to drop out of school
  11. 11. Youths exiting foster care are at high risk ofpoverty, homelessness, and crime.
  12. 12. Children in foster care often have noadult advocate in school matters.
  13. 13. 10 QUESTIONSTo Ask about the Educational Needs of Children in Foster Care
  14. 14. Do you have the required documentation forenrollment?
  15. 15. Are there red flags indicating educational risk?
  16. 16. How does this placement affect the child’sschool continuity and stability?
  17. 17. Are school records in the child’s case file?
  18. 18. Do their records meet Federal requirements? Federal Requirements • Names and addresses of the child’s health and educational providers • Child’s grade level performance • Child’s school record • Record of the child’s immunizations • Child’s known medical problems • Child’s medications • Other relevant health and education information concerning the child determined to be appropriate by the state agency
  19. 19. What are the medical, developmental,and emotional needs that affect this child’s educational performance?
  20. 20. Has the child been evaluated for specialeducation or services?
  21. 21. Does this child need general educationsupport services? • Educational and vocational guidance • Counseling and social works services • Remedial and supplemental academic instruction • Study and organizational skills instruction • Curriculum and testing modifications
  22. 22. Does the child need more than generaleducation support services? • Speech and language improvement services • Occupational and physical therapy • Enrichment for gifted students • Vocational Education • Programs for pregnant and parenting teens • Drug/alcohol prevention services • Resources for homeless students
  23. 23. Who is this child’s educationaldecision maker?
  24. 24. A CHECKLISTfor the Healthy Development of a Child in Foster Care
  25. 25. 1. Has the child received a comprehensive health assessment since entering foster care?2. Are the child’s immunizations up-to-date and complete for his or her age?3. Has the child received hearing and vision screening?4. Has the child received screening for lead exposure?5. Has the child received regular dental services?
  26. 26. 6. Has the child received screening for communicable diseases?7. Has the child received a development screening by a provider with experience in child-development?8. Has the child received mental health screening?9. Is the child enrolled in an early childhood program?10. Has the adolescent child received information about healthy development?
  27. 27. Access this Presentation Penny Page CASA- NY