Homeless Education and Foster Care Resources and Information


The Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, authorized as Title X under the No Child Left Behind Act, ensures that homeless students are provided a free, appropriate public education despite the lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian.

For more information click on the link below:

Oregon Department of Education Homeless Education Manual

McKinney-Vento Caregiver Authorization Form

The McKinney-Vento Act, Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program (P.L. 101-110) requires that eligible children and youth have access to public school enrollment and other educational services, even though they may not be under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. In such cases, the Caregiver Authorization Form provides information for a district on the adult in the supervision of a minor student.

Click the link below for this form:

Oregon Department of Education Caregiver Authorization Form


Siuslaw School District Foster Care Point of Contact (POC): Lisa Utz, Special Programs Director, lutz@sisulaw.k12.or.us 541-997-5456

Siuslaw students who are cared for in foster homes have rights to the following: free transportation to and from School of Origin, immediate enrollment, free/reduced lunch eligibility, and additional support as needed for engaging in school-related activities. Additional supports can be accessed via the Foster Care POC or any school personnel to fit student needs.

Forms to be filed by DHS with Siuslaw SD for students in Foster Care

To best serve our students in Foster Care, DHS case management should file the following forms with our office secretaries, who will then alert the Siuslaw SD Foster Care POC:

Foster Care Transportation form: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/fosteringconnections/Documents/fctransportationrequestform.pdf

Foster Care School Notification form: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/fosteringconnections/Documents/dhsfcschoolnotificationform.pdf

Resources from The Oregon Department of Education:

“Foster Care” means substitute care for children placed by the Department of Human Services or a tribal child welfare agency away from their parents and for whom the department or agency has placement and care responsibility, including placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions and pre-adoptive homes.

ODE Website link for Foster Care: