Educational Advocacy Resources

by Bob DeMarco • There are several organizations out there that have published materials my family have found useful in working with schools. I’d like to share some of them with you. If you need assistance navigating the waters of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is an excellent resource. They offer many training oppportunities,

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Insights from a teacher who is also a foster parent
Helping the kids in your care succeed in school

by Anna Morrison • I am an elementary school teacher. I know what it is to have a classroom full of first graders who come from all sorts of backgrounds and have different needs and gifts, and to be responsible for their learning for a whole school year. I’m also an experienced foster parent. My family and I have cared

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What I Learned Navigating IEPs

by Lisa DeMarco • IEP meetings can be incredibly intimidating if advocacy doesn’t come easily to you. I have learned a great deal in the past six and a half years and have been transformed from a “I-never-want-to-rock-the-boat-or-make-anyone-feel-uncomfortable” person to a mom who can speak up for the best interest of her child even when everyone else doesn’t agree. When

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Education for Young People in Foster Care: NC Resource Parent Rights and Responsibilities

by Jonathan Rockoff • Your license has been approved! You spent the past few months going through the licensing process and learning as much as you could about a child welfare system with many moving parts. Yet if your child is school-aged, you still have more to learn. School Districts & Enrollment Even before your license is approved, one of

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Helping Children and Youth in Foster Care Succeed in School

Though there are stellar students among them, on the whole children and youth in foster care struggle in school more than their peers. They experience higher rates of placement in special education, more absences, more suspensions and expulsions, and lower achievement. They also experience more school instability, which can hurt academic progress. One study found 75% of students in foster

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