Foster Care Coordinator

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is a temporary living system managed by the Department of Family and Protective Services in which a minor removed from their parent(s) is placed into a state-approved, private home, group home, or facility.

Foster Care Data:

Currently, Klein ISD is home to more than 300 foster students. We are currently ranked as one of the top 5 districts in Texas to serve foster students in review of student enrollments and foster populations. We provide public school educational opportunities to foster students residing in more than 12 residential treatment facilities, 3 private group homes, 3 residential group care facilities and numerous private foster homes in Klein ISD. (TEA 2016, 2015)

Why focus on Foster Care in the school setting?

Data revealed in the TEA’s Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data 2010–2011, which is available through the existing TEA and DFPS MOU data match, that an Achievement Gap exists between students in foster care and students statewide. This gap is represented by the graduation and dropout school leaver codes. The leaver status of students in foster care who left public schools in grades 7–12 because they graduated from high school was only 40.7%, while 70.7% of students statewide left school because they graduated. The leaver status of students in foster care who left public school in grades 7–12 because they dropped out was significantly higher, with 28.7% of students in foster care leaving school as a dropout, compared to 8.4% of students statewide leaving school as a dropout.15

Note: The graduation and dropout leaver percentages above are NOT rates. These numbers represent school leaver reasons. These are the number of students who graduated or dropped out during the year divided by the total number of students who left during that school year. Currently the agencies do not track longitudinal education data for cohorts of students in foster care, which would be necessary in order to calculate graduation and dropout rates. (Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide © 2013 Texas Education Agency) 

Resources for Foster Parents in Klein ISD

For additional information or questions, please contact:
The Klein ISD Foster Care Coordinator and TEA Foster Care Liaison
Rekina Romes M.S., LSSP
Klein ISD Foster Care Coordinator and TEA Foster Care Liaison

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