Education Tips for Foster Parents
Here are Some Important Education Tips and Reminders for Foster Parents
- Know what personal information you can share with the school. You don’t want the child’s family problems to become gossip in the teacher’s lounge.
- Share only information the school needs to best serve the educational needs of your student.
Create Positive Relationships with Schools
- Establish a personal relationship with school personnel and especially make friends with the school secretary. Visit the school. Don’t be a stranger. Volunteer, attend PTO meetings etc. Ask for help from the school and offer to help the school as you are able.
- Let the school know you are interested in the child’s progress. Attend parent teacher conferences.
- Communicate with the school even when there is no problem.
- If you believe the school will not listen and that your child’s rights are being violated, contact your case manager, who may then contact a DCS education specialist for assistance.
Working with Students at Home
- Read, read, read. Read to students, especially younger children, and have them retell you what you read. Let older students read to you. Read fun material as well as school materials. Get students a library card.
- Have a designated homework time in a quiet place. Use the homework hotline if available in your school system.
- Check to see if you student’s teachers have on-line means of communicating homework or class activities.
- Be sure you are aware of how your student is doing in school. Contact the school if you are unsure.
- With younger students, make sure they know their name, address, and phone number. If students ride a bus, make sure they know their bus number.
- With younger students, practice skills like crossing the street, stopping at stop signs—don’t assume they already know.
- Discuss safe rides—make sure students know who can give them a ride.
- If you have students in high school, make sure you understand the school system’s graduation requirements.
- Be sure you know the school calendar, especially vacation days, testing days and report card days.
Free and Reduced Lunch and School Fees
- Children in foster care, who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income. School fees may also be waived.
- Any foster child in the household is eligible for free lunch regardless of income and remains eligible for the entire school year regardless of whether they move or exit custody.
- As a foster parent, your own children may be eligible for free lunch in addition to the foster children in your home. More information is available from the local school system.