Accessing school transportation funding for students in foster care

November 2, 2018

By Samantha Garrett

Inter-agency work is complicated, but the end goal of providing greater stability at school for children and youth who are not experiencing stability at home makes the work important and worthwhile. Professionals from both the CDHS Division of Child Welfare and the Colorado Department of Education have been working to improve educational outcomes for students in foster care and ensure that county and school district practices are aligned with federal policy intended to improve foster care education.

The most important piece of this equation is supporting school stability for children and youth in foster care. As most professionals involved in the child welfare system are aware, students who are placed out of home change schools far more often than their peers and research demonstrates that students' potential for educational success increases when school changes are kept to a minimum. To help clarify procedures for accessing state funds allocated for supporting foster student transportation, webinars will be offered over the next couple weeks to professionals both from counties and from school districts and county departments of human and social services

Each webinar will provide about information about accessing funds allocated for foster student transportationbilling and reimbursement, as well as clarifying what expenses are allowable for reimbursement dating back to July 1, 2018. The webinars will be offered at the following times:

  • Please register for Accessing School Transportation Funding for Students in Foster Care on Nov 6, 2018 3:00 PM  3:00 pm- 4:00pm
  • Please register for Accessing School Transportation Funding for Students in Foster Care on Nov 13, 2018 11:30 AM 11:30 am-12:30pm

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  

Samantha Garrett, LSW,, is the education specialist at the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare who serves as the primary subject matter expert on these issues for the Department. 


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