As a judge overseeing child welfare cases, you play a critical role ensuring children and youth in foster care are staying on track and making progress in school. Federal law prioritizes education stability for these children and mandates coordination by schools and child welfare agencies to avoid learning disruptions and promote school success. The COVID-19 pandemic is elevating judges’ oversight role as schools and child welfare agencies face new challenges supporting the needs of these students.
This alert highlights:
✔ Why prioritizing education is important for children in foster care
✔ Critical education issues for children in foster care
✔ Who is involved in advocating for the education of children in foster care
✔ Judges’ roles in keeping children in care on track in school
✔ How courts can collaborate with schools and child welfare agencies to help children in care succeed in school
Click for the full Alert. Originally published March 2021 – NCJFCJ.