Foster Student and Family Support

Data suggest that children in foster care are more likely than their peers not in foster care to experience adverse educational outcomes, including academic achievement in reading/language arts and math, grade retention, high school graduation, and post-secondary enrollment These challenges are tied, in part, to the high mobility of foster youth and the educational discontinuity that results from placement and school changes. Unplanned school changes may lead to delays in students' academic progress; this impacts foster youth more than most due to the number of placement changes that many young people experience while in foster care. Greater educational stability has been shown to lead to improved outcomes for foster youth, including higher graduation rates. For example, a recent study found that that educational stability may increase the rate of students in foster care graduating on time and lower the rate of students earning a high school equivalency diploma, remaining enroll ed for more than four years, or exiting the K-12 system without a high school credential. If your child has been identified as a foster care child, please contact your local liaison to find out what services and supports may be available. There may also be supports available for pre-school aged children. You can also find more detailed information in our Anacortes Policy 3116 and Procedure 3116

Nicole Mortimer
Family & Student Outreach Specialist
Anacortes School District
(360) 488-6399

OSPI Foster Care Education Program
Make it Happen 2017

This information is provided as information only and is not intended to represent parent/student rights. For a complete copy of procedural safeguards and student and parent rights, please contact the Inclusive Services office.

Shannon Gilbert
Director of Inclusive Services
Anacortes School District
(360) 503-1216

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