Foster Care Services

Our Goals for Foster Students
Our primary goal is to provide the level of support necessary to promote successful outcomes in school for our students in foster care. We accomplish our goal by ensuring our foster students are:

  • entitled to remain in their same school when it is in their best interest (Click Here for more information)
  • transitioned between schools in a seamless manner
  • supported and advocated for as they participate in all aspects of schooling
  • provided the necessary supports to prevent dropout, truancy, and disciplinary issues
  • encouraged and supported as they seek to enter into and complete post-secondary coursework

About Our Foster Care Services
To support the academic success of approximately 1,200 school-aged children in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the School Board established an INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT with DCF in April 2011. ChildNet, Inc. is the lead agency for DCF in providing supervision for children in care. Children in care include those who reside:

  • in their own homes,
  • with a foster family,
  • in group home, and/or
  • at a child care institution.

One key communication tool that ChildNet provides to the School District for identifying children in care is the DCF School Registration Information Form - Salmon Form. This form identifies to schools, the authorized child welfare personnel supports the child in care.

Foster Care Liaison
Our foster care liaison in Palm Beach County is Laura Shoemaker. School staff, child welfare case managers, and foster parents are encouraged to make contact with Laura when any student challenges arise with our children in care. You can reach Laura via email or at 561-494-1449.

  • Provide academic support and remove barriers for children in care
  • Provide current information to schools regarding caregivers and dependency case managers
  • Provide registration requests for the Free Meals Program
  • Process Dependency Shelter Court Orders by updating students’ schools on parental status
  • Process transportation requests
  • Provide Dependency Case Managers with educational records (appropriate educational release required)
  • Assist Dependency Case Managers when enrolling and withdrawing students as needed
  • Collaborate with SEDNET, School District DJJ, and Education Alternatives for appropriate school placements
  • Promote student enrollment in Choice and Career Technical Education options
  • Provide a current list of Foster Care Points of Contact
  • Provide Foster Care Campus Coordinators with a Foster Care Campus Coordinator Manual

Title I Residential Group Home Tutorial
Youth placed in group homes, mental health facilities, or other residential settings often face daunting educational challenges. (PDF) Within the School District, the Department of Federal and State Programs and Department of Safe Schools collaborate to provide support to students in a residential group home. The District has appointed a Title I Residential Group Home Tutoring Coordinator, Angela Williams, as a single point of contact. School District certified teachers are chosen to serve as tutors for our students in county-wide sites. These students receive academic support, as well as educational materials.

Click here for additional information on youth in congregate care.

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