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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 officer.
The liaison facilitates the enrollment in or transfer to a public or open-enrollment charter school of any child in the district or area served by the charter school who is in the conservatorship of the state (TEC § 33.904).
The 83rd Texas Legislative session added open-enrollment charter schools to an existing law that required districts to designate foster care liaisons. New legislation from that session also required that both districts and charters to submit their foster care liaison’s name and contact information to TEA.
Education Service Center, Region 20 Homeless Education is a program designed to provide training and technical assistance to school districts on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and proper identification of homeless students. The ESC-20 Homeless Education Program facilitates collaboration between schools and community agencies to ensure that the identified homeless students receive necessary services.

Appoint a Liaison

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year submit foster care liaison contact information to TEA through the Texas Education Directory, AskTED.
All foster care liaisons submitted previously to TEA through the email inbox are included in the AskTED system and there is no need to re-submit your foster care liaison information to the agency. Make sure to contact your district’s AskTED administrator immediately if there are any changes. If your district's or open enrollment charter school's designated liaison is not listed in AskTED, contact your administration immediately.

TEA Foster Care and Student Success Website

The TEA Foster Care and Student Success website provides resources and information to advance the education of student's 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.
 The Foster Care and Student Success Resource Guide can be downloaded from this website. This guide is the product of collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (Children's Commission). This e-guide and training manual contains a variety of key researched-based topics and calls attention to important matters related to the education of students in foster care.
The guide promotes best practices and contains numerous tips, tools, resources and links to more information. All Foster Care Liaisons individuals who interact with students in foster care are encouraged to download and review the valuable information contained within this guide.

Child Protective Services (CPS) 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 Region 20 is located within Region 8 of the DFPS.
Current contact information for the DFPS Education Specialists can be found on the TEA website at the following link:

Regional contact information for DFPS is available at: