Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
April 8, 2022
New Education Resources:
Updated Foster Care and Student Success Guide
and New Top 10 "Things to Know" Lists
Historically, nearly 16,000 school-age students experience foster care at any given time in Texas. Ensuring that the educational needs of children and youth in foster care are met can require a collaborative, multidisciplinary team approach. Below are two informative resources that were designed to address the educational needs of children and youth in foster care. 
Foster Care and Student Success Guide 2022
The Texas Education Agency (TEA), in collaboration with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the Children’s Commission, recently updated the Foster Care & Student Success Guide (guide). The 2022 version of the guide contains current resources, materials, and information and includes two new chapters on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Trauma-Informed Education. The TEA website includes a broad overview of each chapter of the guide for easy navigating and exploration of specific topics. TEA also launched a related Training Series; prior training sessions are archived and available for review and new sessions are open for registration. 
Top 10 “Things to Know” about Education for Children in Foster Care in Residential Treatment Centers
The Children’s Commission partnered with subject matter experts throughout Texas to develop a Top 10 “Things to Know” list series to address the educational needs of children and youth in foster care who are placed in Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs). There are three lists in this Top 10 series: one for providers, one for educators, and one for legal professionals. Each list was developed to raise awareness and provide a basic introduction to the educational considerations for the intended audience. Each list includes both a high-level, one page list for quick reference and a more detailed explanation with additional information.

This series is also available for free on the Children’s Commission website under the Foster Care & Education section of Resources and Reports.
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