Foster Care Policy to Practice: Building Bridges for Educational Stability and Success
Join us for an engaging session that combines learning, active participation, and collaborative discussion as we navigate the complexities of supporting students in foster care. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of federal education requirements and engage in a mock Best Interest Determination meeting. This interactive exercise will challenge your decision-making skills as you grapple with real-world scenarios, applying the acquired knowledge to prioritize the best interests, educational stability, and overall well-being of the mock foster care case. We will shine a spotlight on the remarkable collaborative efforts taking place in Washington state, where schools, child welfare agencies and community-based organizations are coming together to align policies, improve practices and provide support for these students. Participants will gain practical strategies to implement collaborative practices in their educational community.
Peggy Carlson serves as the Education Program Administrator at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). She has over twenty- five years of experience advocating for underserved youth. She is a member of the American Bar Association's National Foster Care Community of Practice and has worked closely with the US Department of Education to develop a foster care exchange platform to improve practice around educational stability for students in foster care across the nation.
Stacey Klim currently serves as the Foster Care Program Supervisor at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. As a former foster parent, high school teacher, IEP and Public Education Advocate, public policy activist, and mother to a child with disabilities, she has worked toward helping countless students get the education and services and supports needed to achieve their educational success while promoting more inclusive opportunities for marginalized student populations.