I saw this on Twitter and got excited. The Department of Education has created a new law that will make things easier for those dealing with foster children in schools. I personally have had my share of issues that have come from school laws and foster care.
My foster son needed some testing completed. He was struggling with school and the teachers wanted to see if he qualified for an IEP. We got all the private testing we could, but the school wanted to test him. To do this we needed the legal guardian to sign off on the plan to test him. My husband and I could not sign off regardless of having the paperwork showing that he was in our care (this is pretty normal for a lot of things we have had to do for our foster kids). So we had to contact the social worker. We had a fantastic worker who was always ready and willing to help us get what we needed for our kids. Usually, the social worker can sign off on these types of issues but because both were government agencies we could not allow for that even. He went the whole year without being tested and we get to start all over again with it this year.
So when I hear that they are looking to make school rules and foster care rules play better with each other, I am cautiously excited. I say cautiously because I am sure there are still problems that will arise that will prevent children from getting what they need, but at least someone is working to make things easier for these kids. They have had it hard enough already!
Washington Post News Article