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Welcome to the DISD Foster Care information page. 

Here you will find information on how DISD takes care of our students who are in the foster care system. 


Foster care placement can include:

  • Foster Family single family homes
  • Foster Family group homes
  • Residential group care facilities
  • Facilities governed by other state agencies
  • Kinship (related family members) caregiver homes


The DISD Foster Care Designated District Liaison is Robert Cobb.  



    • Birth Certificate or other proof of identity
    • Copy of previous school records
    • Proof of immunizations
    • Placement Authorization form (2085)
    • Copy of child’s school record
    • Special Education records (if applicable)
***NOTE***The school district must enroll a child in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) immediately in school regardless of documentation (Texas Family Code, Section 262) (g) A school district shall accept a child for enrollment in a public school without the documentation required by Subsection (a) if the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services has taken possession of the child under Chapter 262, Family Code. The Department of Protective and Regulatory Services shall ensure that the documentation required by Subsection (a) is furnished to the school district not later than the 30th day after the date the child is enrolled in the school.

Dear Foster Parents:

We want your foster child(ren) to have a welcoming experience as a DISD Gator. We have several services available to help you, including access to:

If at any time you need assistance, please reach out to us. Thank you for opening your heart and home to children who need a safe place to stay.

Students in Foster Care who receive Special Education services may need additional support.


Please contact your child's ARDC facilitator upon the child's enrollment.


Maggie Burk serves as the Special Programs Department foster care specialist and she works closely with the district counselors, nurses and social workers to ensure wrap-around services.

TEA developed a  resource to support Texas schools in addressing the education of students in foster care: Texas Foster Care & Student Success Resource Guide (PDF). This guide is the product of collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (Children's Commission).


Voluntary Foster Care Champions exist in each Education Service Center (ESC) to support districts, answer questions and encourage local training efforts. The contact information of Foster Care Champions is available at ESC Foster Care Champions (PDF).

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