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Foster Care

Foster Care Means……

“Foster Care” means substitute care for children placed by the Department of Human Services or a tribal child welfare agency away from their parents and for whom the department or agency has placement and care responsibility, including placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions and pre-adoptive homes.
 

Foster Care Technical Assistance Manual

This manual has been developed to address the most frequently asked questions about foster care.   
  
 

Foster Care Point of Contact

This is a list of the Foster Care Point of Contact for each school district in Oregon.
 

Foster Care Webinar 11-28-17

 

Foster Care Power Point Presentations

These power point presentations have been utilized for training and information purposes.

 

 

Foster Care: School District/School of Origin Transportation Request Form

This is the form that is used by DHS Case Manager to request school district/school of origin transportation from the school district of origin.
   

ODE Guidelines for School District/School of Origin: Developing Transportation Procedures for Students in DHS/Child Welfare Custody under ESSA

Some foster students in the care and custody of DHS Child Welfare will need transportation to remain in their school district/school of origin. To facilitate transportation for these students, an LEA must collaborate with ODE to ensure that transportation for children in foster care is provided, arranged, and funded. An LEA must develop and implement clear written procedures governing how transportation will be provided to maintain foster care students in their school district/school of origin.   Coming Soon!
   
  

Foster Student School District/School of Origin Transportation Cost ODE Reimbursement Form

 Coming Soon!

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and affords states greater flexibility. The new law extends the promise of an excellent, well-rounded education to every student, regardless of race, family income, home language, or disability. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education remains committed to designing a State Plan that reflects the state’s education priorities.

 

 

 

Graduation Requirements and College Preparation

 

ORS 329.451 has been amended by the State Legislature in 2017 in such a way to allow students who have been in foster care, at some point during grades 9 to 12, to earn a high school diploma by meeting the high school diploma standards established by the State Legislature. In order to do this, the local school district must grant a waiver of diploma requirements established by the LEA board of education. In this situation, the definition of foster care student would include those students in DHS Child Welfare custody as well as those foster students placed in Development Disability foster home. These changes take place on 7/1/17.
 

 

Transition Post-Secondary Supports

Adolescents face a range of developmental issues, and as teens approach adulthood, living independently becomes a significant goal. While youth with intact families may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in foster care face formidable obstacles. The following resources provide information on helping teens in foster care transition to adulthood and live independently.
 

Oregon Department of Human Services/Foster Care

 
Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for children who need a safe place to live when their parents or guardians cannot safely take care of them. Most children are in foster care because of a history of abuse or neglect.
 

DHS Developmental Disabilities Foster Care

The DHS, Seniors and People with Disabilities offers 24-hour out of home services for children with  developmental disabilities who can no longer continue to live in their family’s home. These services are  accessed through your local Community Developmental Disabilities Program (CDDP). The local CDDP  determines an individual’s eligibility. The various service sites are located in communities throughout the state  and are operated under contracts with state or county government.
 

Certified and trained foster families assist children with their activities of daily living, providing supervision and guidance in a nurturing setting to maintain the child’s health and safety while working to increase levels of self-confidence and independence. Foster providers support children in their school programs, in community activities, in adult transition planning and when it is a part of the child’s individual plan, maintaining connection with the child’s family. Each child in foster care has an Individual Support Plan (ISP) which is updated annually.

Special Education

Special Education staff within ODE has the primary responsibility for assuring that young children and students  with disabilities receive an appropriate education program in the least restrictive environment.  This happens  through collaboration with families, districts, agencies, and programs to ensure quality services.  Our website  is a resource to parents, teachers and administrators and provides access to available information,  documents and guidelines.   
 

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