It’s not unusual for foster or adopted children to have significant academic delays. In this toolkit, we will take an in-depth look at the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. We discuss the IEP meeting and look at techniques to help parents advocate for their children. And since IEP can vary by state and school district, we provide an opportunity for you to talk about IEPs with a local special education teacher. 

  • What does an IEP offer?
  • What role can foster parents play in the IEP process?
  • What is the difference between an IEP and 504 plan? How can you tell which one is right for your child?
  • How can parents survive the IEP meeting and make sure they get their child the services they need?


This Creating a Family Adoptive/Foster/Kinship Family Support Group Toolkit includes access to the Video, Facilitator Guide, Handouts, and Resource Guide.

The Creating a Family Support Group Toolkit is currently a pilot program. If you would like information about these Toolkits, please contact us for more information.

Foster/Adoptive Parent Support Group

Review all topics available in this series.