Shelton's Foster Care Program

Foster Care Program

Foster Care Program

The Foster Care Program at Shelton School District supports students in foster care by encouraging innovative practices that reduce educational disruptions, strengthen school stability, and improve academic performance. Schools, child welfare agencies, communities, and families must work together to provide equitable opportunities, specialized services, and useful supports that are essential for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life.

Shelton School District’s Foster Care program partners with educators, foster parents, social workers, state agencies, and advocates to work to support the whole child through evidence-based, best-practices and collaboration.

Did you know?

• Children in foster care remain in the school of origin unless there is a determination that it is not in his or her best interest.

• If it is in the best interest of the child to leave the school of origin, the child must be immediately enrolled in the new school even if they don’t have the required documentation. The enrolling school shall immediately contact the school last attended to obtain the child’s records.

Dispute Resolution

In a case where a dispute occurs regarding the determination of best interest or the provision of other educationally related services for a child or youth in foster care, the LEA follows Washington State’s foster care dispute process. ESEA Section 1111(g)(1)(E) The LEA ensures that students remain in their school of origin while disputes are being resolved. ESEA Section 1111(g)(1)(E)(i), ESEA Section 1112(c)(5)(B)(i) & RCW 28A.225.350((3) The most current OSPI Foster CareDispute Resolution Process can be found here: 



  • 700 S. First St., Shelton, WA 98584
  • p: 360-426-1687
  • f: 360-427-8610

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Ivy Kardes, Director of Special Services; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-2151; Email: [email protected]

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Gender Inclusive School Coordinator: Rich Squire, Safety and Security Manager; 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-6322; Email: [email protected]

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.

For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view Policy and Procedure 3210 online here: Policy & Procedure - Shelton School District

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