Fostering Connections

what is the fostering connections act?

The Fostering Connections Act is a federal child welfare law that places requirements on child welfare agencies to work with schools to support the education needs of children in foster care. Since its passage in 2008, the Fostering Connections Act has brought much-needed attention to the critical importance of education stability for children in foster care.

fostering connections state implementation toolkit

Download Toolkit

This step-by-step guide to implementation of the education provisions of the Fostering Connections Act includes:

  • Short Question and Answer Factsheet
  • Step-by-Step Implementation Checklists
  • Judicial Checklist
  • Detailed Issue Briefs on All Requirements With State Examples
  • Factsheet About Overlap with McKinney-Vento Act
  • Appendix of Statutory Language and Administrative Guidance


State Laws

To implement the federal Fostering Connections Act, many states have passed state laws around school stability and continuity. Many other states had legislation prior to the passage of Fostering Connections. The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education has a state-by-state chart with summaries of the laws, as well as direct links to the statutory language.