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Foster Care

Presented by the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Education.  For additional information on this topic, visit the Enrollment of Students in Foster Care page on the Virginia Department of Education website.

Foster Care Points of Contact

Annual Regional Trainings - Foster Care - these "Educational Stability for Children & Youth in Foster Care" trainings are free and open to all school staff, LDSS, LCPAs, and anyone interested in supporting students in foster care.  Liaisons - feel free to invite your supervisors, school counselors, school social workers, and anyone who works with foster care (administrative assistants, case managers, or your back ups), as well as local or community partners)

  • September 21, 2023 • North Chesterfield • 10:30a-3p • Register Here
  • September 25, 2023 • Part 1, virtual • 1p-3p • Register Here
  • September 26, 2023 • Fairfax • 10:00a-2:30p • Register Here
  • October 2, 2023 • Part 2, virtual • 1p- 3p • Register Here
  • October 25, 2023 • Chesapeake • 10:00a-2:30p • Register Here

Our virtual trainings are split into two parts, and our in-person trainings cover the content in both parts.  Part 1 topics include: legislative background – Fostering Connections, ESSA, and the Code of Virginia & when these laws apply; Virginia’s educational stability process for students in general education from placement to school enrollment; and residential placements and requirements for a BID (changes to Virginia joint guidance referenced in Supts Memo 152-22).  Part 2 topics include: brief overview of Virginia’s educational stability process with a focus on special education and complex cases; residential placements and requirements for a BID (changes to Virginia joint guidance referenced in Supts Memo 152-22); Fostering Futures (Virginia’s voluntary extension of foster care); and resolving school placement disputes.

Guidance & Forms

Contact us for more information on currently available training opportunities.

Federal Legislation Foster Care Contacts for Bordering States
  • North Carolina - listing is at the bottom of page under "Contact the North Carolina Foster Care Program"