• WHO ARE WE?

    We are a resource for DPS foster and kinship care families.

    • New ESSA (Every Students Succeeds Act) authorizations for foster care students went into effect in 2017.
    • We are ensuring DPS is in compliance with these federal guidelines but we have also worked to increase services to include resources and direct support.

    WHO CAN WE IDENTIFY?

    We can identify foster or kinship students in formalized out of home placement (this entails child welfare involvement)

    HOW DO WE HELP?

    • We have a request form for district staff and a referral process for Denver Human Services to refer foster/kinship students. Families can self-identify on the federal programs form in the enrollment packet. Schools can fax those forms to 720-259-8781.
    • We provide supplemental school readiness items as well as emergency basic needs alongside community navigation and resources, home visits, school trainings, and more. We also coordinate school of origin transportation in partnership with child welfare agencies (which is a new component of ESSA). 
    • Students in foster care are categorically eligible for free lunch and fee waivers.

    WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?

    We have a resource directory for foster and kinship care families as well as many great tools on our website.  Items we provide to students are from donors, title set-asides, Medicaid funds and grants.

     

     

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