Foster Care Educational Advocacy Training (F.E.A.T.)

Foster Care Parents will prepare for “educational advocacy” by learning what “advocacy” means, why it is so important to the foster youth, and how a foster parent can become the “education decision maker or advocate”. They will also gain information that will help them become familiar with the foster youth’s rights, gain knowledge about the laws/legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and 504 Rehabilitation Act that surrounds this issue, gain insights about taking part in the Individual Education Plan (IEP), learn the special education terms that are commonly used in connection with an Individual Education Plan and attain the resources and tools to enhance their ability to become effective advocates. This training can be used to meet the 12 hours in-service training that foster parents must meet each year in the state of Nebraska.