Clearing the Path to School Success for Students in Out-of-Home Care

National Center for Homeless Education,
Legal Center for Foster Care and Education
Paper/Research Report
Year Published: 2009
National Center for Homeless Education
U.S. Department of Education Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs

This guide is designed to help educators and child welfare advocates clear the path to school success for children and youth who are forced to leave their homes due to abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. Two federal laws, among others, provide tools to clear the way: The McKinney-Vento Act and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. These authors provide basic information about both laws and how their provisions can help ensure school stability, attendance, and full participation for children and youth in out-of-home care. They use the examples of three young people in different out-of-home care situations as context for the discussion. The authors explain the applicability of the two laws to each young person and suggest practical strategies for their implementation.

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