Student Support Services

Foster Care

NYS and the Federal government have recognized the unique needs of children in foster care by providing guidance and enacting laws to increase educational stability and improve the educational outcomes achieved. The state and federal laws and guidance clarify joint responsibilities of educational and child welfare agencies to continually collaborate so that the provisions are successfully implemented and students in foster care achieve educational stability.

Updates and Memos

January 2019 - The video recording from the Students in Foster Care – Broadcast Education Session on Educational Stability on October 29, 2018 has been posted at 10/29/18 Foster Care Video. Also posted are the presentation Power Point and hand outs from the training.
  • This training is strongly encouraged for both school and local departments of social services' foster care points of contact, School Administrators, Finance and Business personnel, Directors of Pupil Transportation and other interested school personnel.

August 21, 2018 - NYSED Memo: Educational Stability of Students in Foster Care New Law and Guidance Toolkit (pdf icon 130 KB)

August 21, 2018 - Students in Foster Care: Tool Kit for Local Education Agencies and Local Social Services Agencies 2018 (pdf icon 362 KB)

June 22, 2016 - US Department of Education Memo: Non-Regulatory Guidance: Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

April 2018 - Fostering Success in Education: National Factsheet on the Education Outcomes of Children in Foster Careexternal link icon

December 2, 2016 - NYSED Memo: Educational Stability and Transportation Provisions for Students in Foster Care

November 21, 2016 - NYSED Memo: Educational Stability and Assurances for Students in Foster Care: Title I, Part A as amended in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

August 27, 2015 - NYSED Memo:  School Transportation for Students in Foster Care

March 2012 - NYSED Memo: Educational Stability Guidance

Laws and Regulations

Federal laws:

State Laws


Points of Contacts (POC)

NYSED Foster Care POC:

NYSED Foster Care Transportation:

Office of Children and Family Services POC:


Last Updated: April 26, 2021