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Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth in Cuyahoga County
Under a new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), children placed in foster care have the opportunity to continue attending their original school when it is in their best interest. When necessary, transportation may be provided by the school in collaboration with DCFS.
Being placed in foster care and leaving home is a traumatic experience for children. The connections a child has with a familiar and caring teacher, a principal, a counselor, an extracurricular program, or other familiar supports can make a significant difference in academic achievement. A supportive familiar school placement can provide some normalcy for children who are coping with the trauma of family disruption, abuse, or neglect.
When remaining in an original school is not possible or recommended, a child can enroll in a new school without barriers such as providing a copy of a birth certificate, medical records, and other required school documents.
The main goal is to work collaboratively to address educational needs and promote stability for youth in foster care. 
Contact Information 
Denise Pietrzak, MSSA, LISW-S
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Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio
6393 Oak Tree Boulevard South, Independence, OH 44131
P:(216) 524-3000  |  F:(216) 524-3683  |  [email protected]
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Essex Place
6393 Oak Tree Blvd, Independence, Ohio 44131
P:(216) 524-3000  |  F:(216) 446-3829    
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