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Foster Care

The ESC-20 Foster Care Champion provides resources, professional development, technical assistance, and contracted services to Foster Care Liaisons and other educators working with students in substitute care. To register for sessions, please search Connect20 using the term Foster Care.  
Foster Care Liaisons
Each school district and open-enrollment charter school in Texas is required to appoint at least one employee to act as a Foster Care Liaison. Both districts and open-enrollment charter schools must submit their Foster Care Liaison's name and contact information to TEA. 
TEA: Foster Care & Student Success
Foster Care & Student Success, housed in TEA's Highly Mobile and At Risk Student Programs, maintains resources and information to advance the education of students impacted by foster care. The resources and materials provide guidance related to the unique circumstances surrounding students who are in the foster care system and attend Texas public schools. In Texas, nearly 16,000 school age students are in foster care at any given time. 
DFPS Education Specialists
The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is divided into 11 regions. Each region has an Education Specialist on staff who serves as the education consultant for the organization and provides assistance to DFPS staff, school staff, and external stakeholders on education issues related to children and youth in foster care. ESC-20 is located within Region 8 of the DFPS.