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Foster Care

Ottawa Area ISD (OAISD) assists our local districts and child welfare agencies with the school selection and services for children and youth in foster care.

PDF DocumentFind Your District Foster Care Liaison (new window)

Children and Youth in Foster Care have the Right to:

  • School stability through the Fostering Connections Act and new protections that are a part of Title 1a in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • An education plan that includes transportation to maintain school of origin, arranged by the child welfare agency
  • Expedited enrollment if a change in school is required
  • Categorical eligibility for federal school nutrition programs and Title 1a services

External Link Foster Care Transition Toolkit (US Department of Education) (new window)

External Link Foster Care Guidance (US Department of Education) (new window)

External Link National Center for Homeless Education Foster Care Web Page (new window)