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AI - Best Interest Determination (BID) Process for School Placement

Thursday, September 28, 2023

The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) seeks to ensure that children in foster care can achieve academic success at the same levels as their peers. One way of accomplishing this is by providing educational stability for children in out-of-home care. Per the Fostering Connections Act of 2008, CFSA must work to keep children in foster care in the same school (i.e., school of origin) upon their initial entry into foster care or when a subsequent change in out-of-home placement occurs, when remaining in that school is in their best interest. In making this decision, CFSA and, if applicable, private agency education staff utilize the Best Interest Determination (BID) process to collaborate with members of the child's education planning team, birth parents, resource parents, and local educational agencies.