Four years into the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act’s protections for students in foster care, we have made great strides but ongoing effort and planning is needed to successfully implement school stability policies to support students in foster care. This session features in-depth discussion of the Best Interest Determination (BID) process, including an overview of tools to help schools and child welfare agencies collaborate around these important decisions, review of BID best practices by school district and child welfare agency points of contact, and discussion on COVID-19’s effect on BIDs and ways to help students in foster care now and in the upcoming school year.
Act 48 and NASW credits will be available pending approval.
This event is intended for school district foster care points of contact and child welfare agency education liaisons. Other professionals working with students in foster care are invited to attend.
Kathleen McNaught, Director for Education Projects, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
Emily Peeler, Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
Matthew Butensky, Youth Development Managing Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities
Jillian Schreib, Human Services Program Specialist, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
This session will feature three Local Points of Contact — Jennifer Leese, Ed.D., Director of Pupil Services, West Shore School District, Lori E. Bowman, Ed.D., Federal Programs Coordinator, School District of the City of York, and Stephanie VanGorder, Program Specialist II and Educational Liaison, York County Office of Children, Youth and Families.