Foster Care

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Foster Care Student Rights

  • Students in foster care have the right to: 

    • Remain in their school district and school of origin, for the duration of time in foster care, even when their foster home placement changes and/or they are living outside of their school boundary.
    • Immediately enroll in school, with or without all required documents typically needed to enroll. 
    • Automatic eligibility for free school meals.
    • Participate in school-related activities.
    • Transportation to their school of origin, as requested by the ODHS caseworker

Who to Contact

  • Courtney Gibb (she/her)
    Foster Care Point of Contact
    McKinney-Vento SSWC


    Abel García Gómez (él/he/him)
    Foster Care Point of Contact
    McKinney-Vento Liaison