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Legislation and Guidance

Education stability was incorporated into law by the Colorado legislature in 2008. Colorado statute provides compliance with the educational stability provision of P.L. 110-351.

In 2008, Colorado House Bill 1019 mandated that each school district and state Charter School Institute designate an employee or contractor to serve as a Child Welfare Education Liaison. The child welfare education liaisons collaborate with child placement agencies, county departments, the state department, and schools to ensure proper school placement, transfer and enrollment of foster children. The liaisons work with all parties to ensure a foster child remains in an educational situation that promotes stability. The law also requires schools to transfer education records within five school days and that the receiving school admits these children within five days of receipt of a student’s records.

Child Welfare Education Liaison (CWEL) Resources

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act of 2008

“Fostering Connections” - P.L. 110-351, 42 U.S.C. 629 et seq. and 42 U.S.C. 670 et seq.

  • Sweeping legislation that affects many areas of child welfare law
  • The education portion of the Act provides guidance on educational stability for children in out-of-home placements
  • Stay in same school if in best interest of the child
  • If moving schools is in the best interest, immediate and appropriate enrollment in a new school, with all educational records provided to new school

Colorado Department of Human Services - Agency Letters

The purpose of Agency Letters is to communicate information and policy interpretation to county departments of human and social services.

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Sheree Wheeler
Phone: 303-866-6007
Mobile: 303-501-4031

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