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Education Services for Children and Youth Committed to the Child and Family Services Agency

Memorandum of Agreement

In September 2013, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was entered by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to address specialized education services for children and youth placed in out of state placements by CFSA. On Oct. 10, 2017, the MOA was reauthorized by all participating agencies. The MOA clarifies each participating agency’s responsibility for District of Columbia wards receiving specialized educational services while placed and attending schools in other jurisdictions. It is the intent of this agreement to ensure that school aged children receiving specialized educational services receive free appropriate public education (FAPE) and are monitored accordingly under federal and local laws and regulations.

Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in the District of Columbia Point of Contact Directory

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”) contains a number of new provisions regarding school stability for children in foster care, including joint collaboration and decision making between education agencies and the child welfare partner, which in the District is the Child and Family Service Agency (CFSA). 

OSSE and CFSA have created several key resources to support schools and key stakeholders including a comprehensive LEA Foster Care Point of Contact Directory.