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What to know about students in foster care

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.

LINK TO MAIN ARTICLE: Fostering success in and out of the classroom


  • 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.