Foster Care Information

Foster Care Information

When children can't live safely at home and no appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, or close family friend is willing and able to care for them, the court can give temporary legal possession to the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS). DFPS temporarily places these children in foster care. Foster care settings include:

  • Foster family homes
  • Foster family group homes
  • Residential group care facilities
  • Facilities overseen by another state agency

Foster care is meant to be temporary until a permanent living arrangement is found. However, it can become permanent usually when a foster parent adopts or accepts permanent managing conservatorship of a child.

A student who is placed in the conservatorship of DFPS has the right to be enrolled immediately in school, without immunization or academic records, and birth certificate.

The student has two choices in deciding which school to attend once he/she is placed in conservatorship of DFPS:

  • The school of origin (the school the student attended when he/she was placed in conservatorship of DFPS). 
  • The school in the zone where the students is currently residing.

Students in conservatorship of DFPS are entitled to transportation to and from the school of origin, if it is feasible, in the student's best interest, and requested by guardian.

If problems arise between the school and guardian or between districts, the guardian shall be referred to the LCISD foster care liaison. In the meantime, the student must be immediately enrolled or if enrolled, remain in school and receive transportation pending the outcome of the dispute resolution process.

 ***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.

Information & Resources

TEA Foster Care and Student Success Website


Lamar CISD is committed to identifying and serving all students in conservatorship of DFPS. If you require additional information, contact Dr. Marva O’Neal, District Foster Care Liaison at 832-223-0430.

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