Welcome to the Neah-Kah-Nie School District’s Foster Care page

“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.

Unplanned school changes, including situations such as foster care, may be associated with delays in student’s academic progress, leaving students more likely to fall behind their less mobile peers academically.  Educational stability is a key component in a foster care student’s success.  At the federal and state level, laws have been passed that require local and state child welfare and education agencies to fully and faithfully understand and implement legislation focusing on continuity and stability in a foster care student’s education. 

Neah-Kah-Nie School District wants every student to be supported through the process of foster care and it is important that every student knows their rights.  Seeking out the help of an administrator and counselor as soon as possible in this process will ease this transition. Therefore, if you, or a student in your care is experiencing a foster care situation, please reach out to your building administrator or the district Foster Care Point of Contact, Ericka Keefauver, as soon as possible.  Listed below are some valuable resources in this transition process:

Foster Care Notification to School District Form

Foster Care Transportation Guidelines

Foster Care School of Origin Transportation Request Form

ODE website on Foster Care

Foster Care Point of Contact for Neah-Kah-Nie School District

Ericka Keefauver

Special Student Services Director