Homeless Assistance and Foster Care

FOSTER CARE
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Public Law 110-351 requires state child welfare agencies to collaborate with their state and local education agencies to promote school stability and improve educational outcomes for children in foster care. Students in foster care are categorically eligible for all U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) child nutrition programs. Caregivers for children and youth in foster care do not have to complete a separate application to participate in these programs.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO ENROLL A STUDENT IN FOSTER CARE

  • Birth Certificate or other proof of identity
  • Copy of previous school records
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Placement Authorization form (2085)
  • Copy of child’s school records


FERRIS ISD PROVIDES SUPPORT SERVICES TO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN TRANSITION
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, ensures the educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

The District Homeless Liaison supports families in homeless situations by ensuring that students have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school; the following services may be explored:

  • Enrollment Assistance
  • Free School Meals
  • School Uniforms
  • School Supplies
  • Transportation Services

Homelessness is defined as having a lack of fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

  • Children or youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons;
  • Children or youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Children or youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

If your family is experiencing any of the above situations and are in need of assistance, please complete THIS FORM and contact your campus or the District Homeless Liaison.

Ferris ISD Homeless & Foster Liaison
Yolie Carrillo
972-544-3858 ext 1803

Additional resources for both McKinney-Vento and Foster Care include:

TEXAS HOMELESS EDUCATION OFFICE (UT DANA CENTER)

TEXAS FOSTER YOUTH ORGANIZATION

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES

TEXAS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (TEA)