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Foster Care

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. Please click here for further instructions. 
TEA: Foster Care & Student Success
 
Foster Care & Student Success, housed in TEA's Division of Federal and State Education Policy, 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.