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Legislation and Guidance

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) Guidance

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Guidance

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Among many new provisions to support vulnerable students, the law now requires states to ensure certain protections for students in foster care-addressing the role of state and local education agencies to support school stability and collaborate with child welfare agencies.

Legislative Overview of Foster Care Education in Colorado

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Fostering Connections Act

Federal Legislation

In 2008, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351, Fostering Connections Act) was signed into law. This law amends parts B and E of Title IV of the Social Security Act that county departments of human services used to provide services to children and youth in foster care.

C.R.S. 22-32-138

Colorado Legislation

In 2008, 22-32-138 was created. Children who are in out-of-home placements, including but not limited to foster care placements, deserve access to the same opportunities that are enjoyed by other students.

Every Student Success Act (ESSA)

Federal Legislation

In 2015, ESSA is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Among many new provisions to support vulnerable students, the law now requires states to ensure certain protections for students in foster care-addressing the role of state and local education agencies to support school stability and collaborate with child welfare agencies.

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