"Navigating the Changing Foster Care Educational Regulations:
Responsibilities of School Districts in Meeting Them"

October 29, 9 AM-12 PM

Register by emailing advocate@stic-cil.org

State education regulations developed since changes in federal law (ESSA) touch
foster children with disabilities and affect decisions made about school placement,
support needs, transition, transportation, etc.

 What are the regulations, time lines, critical issues?
 What are significant support needs for children in foster care and how are they
provided during school hours or after school?
 How can foster families and schools maintain stability and safety during times of
major changes in children’s lives?
 How can disruptions be minimized and potential trauma reduced?
 What transition factors should be considered?
 What transportation issues can be resolved to minimize problems for the child?
 How do schools assist in cases of lost friends, teachers, therapists, social
 What are the benefits or problems of moving from a large district to a small one?
Vice versa?

Panelists :
Wendy DeWind, School Attorney; Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, DeWind & Gregory, LLP

Elisa Eaton, Director of Special Services, Johnson City School District

Elizabeth Myers, Director of Social Services, Tioga County Social Services

Renee Hettich, Director, Southern Tier- Finger Lakes, Adoptive and Foster Family
Coalition of NY

John R. Choynowski, MPA; Director of Family Services, Broome County Social


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Helen Keller Room

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