Data & Information Sharing

why share information?

Sharing information on the education of children in out-of-home care improves their educational outcomes. The information we gather and share across the child welfare, education, and court systems allows us to:
  • provide access to a child’s education information to ensure appropriate services;
  • track trends, deficits, and improvements for children in foster care; and
  • shape education and child welfare policies, programs, and practices.

how can we help you?

The Legal Center can assist you:
  • identify what information needs to be shared across systems;
  • understand how to share information consistent with federal and state confidentiality laws;
  • develop information-sharing tools, such as Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between child welfare and education.

Request training or technical assistance

Federal Law

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Schools must comply with FERPA, which protects the privacy of a student’s education records.

  • Read a fact sheet about the 2013 Amendment to FERPA that allows for easier access to records for child welfare agencies.

tools & resources

Federal Materials

Q & A Factsheets


This How-To Guide is divided into two sections: a Manual and Tools. The Manual provides details on relevant legal and policy considerations, as well as examples from around the country engaging in this important work. The Tools provide checklists to guide education and child welfare agencies in collaboration.

Mythbusting is an online, searchable publication that addresses the issues surrounding confidentiality and other barriers that arise when advocating for the educational rights of young people in care.

This brief describes the barriers to educational success that children in foster care often face, and how a new amendment to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) makes it easier for child welfare agencies to collaborate with schools to eliminate these barriers for children in foster care.