Students In Foster Care

  • In order for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life, it is essential that schools, child welfare agencies, families and communities work together to provide equitable opportunities and identify specialized services. The School District of University City is committed to the identification, support, and enrollment of foster care students living within the District. 

    For more information, visit or contact Gary Spiller at (314) 290-4045.

    State definition of a child in foster care: 

    The Title I foster care provisions apply to ALL children in foster care enrolled in schools in the SEA.

    • “Foster Care” means 24-hour substitute care for all children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the child welfare agency has placement and care responsibility.
    • Includes placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and pre-adoptive homes.
    • A child in foster care regardless of whether the foster care facility is licensed and payments are made by the State, Tribal, or local agency for the care of the child, whether adoption subsidy payments are being made prior to the finalization of an adoption, or whether there is Federal matching of any payments that are made. [45 C.F.R. § 1355.20(a)