Sonoma County Office of Education

Homeless Education

McKinney-Vento School of Origin

School Selection for Out-of-Home Students
Best Practices: School Selection for Students in Out-of-Home Care (pdf)

The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education and the National Center for Homeless Education provide a framework for homeless education liaisons, educators, child welfare caseworkers, and other child welfare advocates. It is meant to help them assess best interest when selecting a school for students in out-of-home care. The brief focuses on students “awaiting foster care placement” under the McKinney-Vento Act. It also discusses school selection and school stability for all children and youth in out-of-home care.

Two federal laws give children and youth in out-of-home care certain rights to stay in one school for stability, despite changes in their living placement. These are the The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.