A BOLD POLICY AGENDA
Working in close concert with our demonstration sites, we create conditions for scale and state impact by developing and executing a bold policy agenda in each of the states we operate.
FosterEd led a coalition of organizations that advocated for the inclusion of foster youth educational stability provisions – including protections for students to remain in their school of origin, be immediately enrolled in school, and receive transportation to school – and data reporting requirements in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama in December 2015.
Other examples of these successes include:
- Led a coalition of organizations that advocated for the inclusion of achievement and funding provisions specific to students in foster care in California’s school funding system, the Local Control Funding Formula, to increase resources and supports that focus on students in foster care.
- Led the charge to pass California Assembly Bill 854, which changed the state’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP), such that FYSCP now serves a greater portion of foster youth, including youth living in relative placements and living at home under a family maintenance plan and increased funding to address this need.
- Working with California’s State Education Agency and State Child Welfare Agencies to better leverage Title IV-E dollars to increase education case management services for foster youth and develop interagency data agreements to better support the needs of the local communities.