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Federal Programs

The US Department of Education works to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering education excellence and ensuring equal access. Below you will find information specific to federal programs that may play a role in the education of students in foster care.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

One of the categories of eligibility for the McKinney-Vento Act, Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, applies to “students awaiting foster care placement.”

National School Lunch Program

Students placed in foster care by state child welfare agency or court are categorically eligible for Free Benefits. The rest of the household must be determined separately and are not automatically eligible for Free Benefits.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

ODE Foster Care Point of Contact: Joni Gilles - Email: Joni Gilles - 503-947-5638.