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Foster Care Education: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth

Foster Care Program Overview

This program, established in 2012, is dedicated to ensuring that students in foster care are achieving academically through course completion, advancing to the next grade, accruing credits toward graduation, and on a path to post secondary success. These efforts are being organized by the State Coordinator for Foster Care Education, who is leading this work.  It was launched in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Morgridge Family Foundation, and Mile High United Way.

School District CWEL Designation Information

Under C.R.S. 22-32-138, each school district and the state charter school institute, shall designate a person to act as the Child Welfare Education Liaison (CWEL) for the district. The duties of the liaison include; working with child placement agencies, county departments, and the state department to facilitate the prompt and appropriate placement, transfer, and enrollment in school of students in out-of-home placement.


May is Foster Care Awareness Month!

In honor of foster care awareness month, the Foster Care Education Program at CDE is hosting a suitcase drive for children and youth experiencing foster care. Children and youth often do not have access to suitcases in the event of an out-of-home placement. This drive is meant to ease difficult transitions by providing a new suitcase. Suitcases will be donated to the Tennyson Center for Children, and given directly to a child in foster care!

An Amazon Wish List was created to fulfill the requests of the Tennyson Center. Orders will be shipped directly to the Tennyson Center for Children. The drive will take place during the month of May.

To donate visit the Amazon Wish List webpage

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Every Transition Counts for Students in Foster Care -

3-minute video on the importance of educational stability, Colorado partnerships, and previously released research on educational outcomes for students in foster care.  The video was developed with support from the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Legislation and Guidance

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Resources and Links

Training Opportunities

Foster Care Webinar "Back to School"

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The Homeless Education and Foster Care Education Programs teamed up to host a Back to School webinar to provide the most up-to-date information on both programs.

Communications and Highlights


The 2017 Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth was created to provide educational scholarships for foster care youth who are emancipated or are in the process of preparing to emancipate from the foster care system in Colorado. Scholarship awards can be up to $10,000 per year for a total of four years. Online application and an overview of the eligibility requirements (for first-time applicants).

Eligibility and Application: Online application and an overview of the eligibility requirements. This program is open to students who have spent a minimum of 24 months in Colorado’s foster care system between the ages of 13 and 18.

Reapplication – Students who have RECEIVED funding from this scholarship program in previous years may fill out the reapplication (it has fewer questions). Be sure to start the application that says “reapplication” in the title.

Forward Steps Scholarship is a comprehensive scholarship program for young adults who have transitioned out of foster care in Colorado. They are committed to ensuring that every student has the resources and support necessary to get into and through college. The Forward Steps Guardian Scholars Scholarship provides up to $6,000 in unmet financial need per academic year. By supporting our scholars in their academic and personal development, we equip our students with the skills and tools necessary to reach their full potential as active, independent, and self-sufficient members of their community. Interested applicants should apply online at This year’s scholarship application window is February 2nd to April 4th

Needed for FAFSA:

Confirmation of Foster Care Dependency Court Form

Contact Information

Foster Care Education contact:

Kristin Myers
Phone: 303-866-6007
Cell: 720-576-8506

Mailing Address

Colorado Department of Education
201 E Colfax
Denver, CO 80203

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