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Foster Care

The term foster care refers to all children and youth who are in the custody of the State of Texas. When children can't live safely at home and no appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, or close family friend is willing and able to care for them, the court can give temporary legal possession to CPS. CPS temporarily places these children in foster care.     

Foster care settings include: 
  • Foster family homes
  • Foster family group homes
  • Residential group care facilities
  • Facilities overseen by another state agency

Foster care is meant to be temporary until a permanent living arrangement is found. However, it can become permanent when a foster parent adopts or accepts permanent managing conservatorship of a child. 

Students in foster care are entitled to receive support to help maintain educational stability. Students are identified via the enrollment process when the campus staff is provided a copy of the CPS Form 2085.

Students in foster care are entitled to:
  • Immediate enrollment without records
  • Attendance in the school of origin
  • Excused absences for court-ordered appointments
  • Free eligibility for Pre-K
  • Transition assistance
  • Information on college tuition and fee waivers
Documentation needed to enroll foster youth:
  • Birth certificate or other proof of identity
  • Copy of previous school records
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Designation of Education Decision Maker (2085 E)
  • Copy of the child's school record
  • Special Education records (if applicable)

***NOTE*** The school district must enroll a child in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) immediately in school regardless of documentation (Texas Family Code 262)(g) A school district shall accept a child for enrollment in a public school without the documentation required by Subsection (a) if the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services has taken possession of the child under Chapter 262, Family Code. The Department of Protective and Regulatory Services shall ensure that the documentation required by Subsection (a) is furnished to the school district no later than the 30th date that the child is enrolled in school. 

Contact Us

Kelly Johnson
Homeless/Foster Care Coordinator

Cypris Potts
Title 1 Coordinator

Brooke Lee
Title 1 Secretary

Brande Bass
Director, Federal/Special Programs


Former Foster Youth Support