June 2005Vol. 6, No. 5Ensuring Educational Rights for California's Foster Youth
The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues (NRCLJI) has collaborated with a number of other national and California-based legal and youth organizations to develop materials to implement California's Assembly Bill 490. This bill is designed to ensure that children and youth in foster care have stable school placements and equal access to necessary educational services and resources. The bill directs education and school placement decisions to be guided by the best interests of the child. It also requires every school agency to have a foster care liaison on staff whose duties include facilitating appropriate educational placements and ensuring that records are transferred and resources are made available.
The materials developed by NRCLJI are designed to be used by court officers, attorneys, agency staff, parents, foster parents, social workers, and school personnel to learn about their specific roles and responsibilities in ensuring that youth in foster care receive their full educational rights. In addition, the duties of the school agency's foster care liaison are described.
To access the materials, visit the NRCLJI website at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/child_law/what_we_do/projects/rclji.html.