The Foster Care Program at OSPI supports students in foster care by encouraging innovative practices that reduce educational disruptions, strengthen school stability, and improve academic performance.

Foster Care Eligibility - Substitute care way from home/parent*.
Some examples:

  • Foster Home

  • Residential Facility

  • Relative

  • Group Home

  • Emergency Shelter

  • Other

*Child Welfare Agency has PLACEMENT & CARE responsibility

School of Origin

  • School in which the child is enrolled at the time of placement

  • The child must remain in the school of origin until a determination is made

  • If foster home placement changes, the school of origin is school enrolled at the time of placement change


School Notification Forms

  • DCYF is required to provide when placement changes

If you are a social worker or a case manager for a newly placed foster student within Mount Vernon School District who will need services, please fill out the School Notification Form and email to Manny Espinoza.


For more information:

OSPI - State of Washington, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mount Vernon School District Liaison
Manny Espinoza, 360-428-6110


OSPI Foster Care Information 

Frequently Asked Questions

Foster Care Dispute Resolution Process

Foster Care Dispute Resolution Flow Chart 

School Notification Form


Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Fostering Together

Post-secondary FAFSA & Other Resources

Secret Harbor


Policy and Procedure

3116 Students in Foster Care
3116P St