The Texas Education Agency’s Foster Care and Student Success guide (download at DAmag.me/fcss) offers strategies for supporting students in foster care. Increasing awareness for educators is critical. Here are a few things to know:
- Students come into foster care through no fault of their own and have often experienced abusive, neglectful environments.
- Students in foster care want to be treated like everyone else. School often provides normalcy and can be a refuge from a chaotic home life.
- Maintaining confidentiality and sensitivity is key as students do not want to be stigmatized as “foster children.”
- Students often enter foster care with gaps in their education.
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- Trauma and adversity may impact students’ learning and behavior.
- Most students have experienced tremendous loss, often having been separated from siblings, family members and personal belongings.
- Students want to be empowered with decision-making and engage in goal setting.
Ray Bendici is deputy editor.