Texas Blueprint: Transforming Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care

The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education recently shared this newly released report, which is the culmination of many months of hard work and collaboration, led by the Supreme Court of Texas' Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families. Stemming from a Supreme Court order issued in 2010, an Education Committee was formed and charged with making recommendations for statewide reform in several key areas including: judicial practices, data and information sharing, multidisciplinary training, and creating and sustaining a statewide collaborative model.

The Education Committee a high-level group of court, education and child welfare decision makers led the collaborative initiative designed to improve educational outcomes of children and youth in the Texas foster care system. The Education Committee's work brought over 100 court, education and child welfare stakeholders together over an 18-month period to listen and learn from each other, discuss and debate about the issues, and ultimately develop recommendations to improve educational outcomes of children and youth in foster care.