Office of Student and Family Support (SFS)

Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care

The Department's Educational Stability team works to ensure the enrollment, attendance and opportunity to succeed in school for children and youth in foster care. We collaborate with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and local school districts to implement the provisions for providing educational stability for students in foster care, as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

State-level Contacts

For technical assistance, complaints or other questions please contact our Problem Resolution Services staff at 781-338-3700 or compliance@doe.mass.edu.

Kristen McKinnon, DESE Foster Care Point of Contact
Email: kmckinnon@doe.mass.edu

Shirley Fan-Chan, DCF Education Manager and Foster Care Point of Contact
Email: shirley.fan-chan@massmail.state.ma.us

District/Local DCF Foster Care Point of Contact Lists

ESSA requires that each school district designate a Foster Care Point of Contact responsible for ensuring the educational stability and rights of students in foster care. Districts should ensure that information about their designated Foster Care Point of Contact is available on the Department's School and District Profiles page through their Directory Administrators.

DCF area office directors will serve as local POCs to work with districts in support of foster care students.

Guidance

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Massachusetts DESE and DCF Joint Guidance Cover Memorandum — January 2018
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Massachusetts DESE and DCF Joint Guidance - Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care — January 2018
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Massachusetts DESE and DCF Foster Care School Selection Dispute Resolution Process
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USED/USHHS Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care — Issued June 2016
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Guidance on Homeless and Foster Care Student Data Collection

Regulations and Laws

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ESSA - Excerpts Related to Foster Care Enrollment

Trainings, Meetings & Orientations

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February 2018 Foster Care Guidance Webinars (February 6 and February 14)

January 2018 DESE Regional Special Education Administrator Meetings - January 10 (North River Collaborative), January 12 (Collaborative for Educational Services), January 18 (CREST Collaborative), January 31 (Assabet Valley Collaborative)

Fall 2017 Orientations to Educational Stability for Homeless and Foster Care Students — October 11 (Holyoke), October 12 (Plymouth), October 20 (Malden)

Additional information about future trainings will be posted here when confirmed.

Related Resources

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Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
 
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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

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