Educational Advocacy Program

The Educational Advocacy Program provides direct advocacy, consultation, information and referral services for youth in care. All youth who are in out of home care with educational needs are eligible. Educational Advocacy Coordinators (EACs) are located throughout the state. EACs provide information and referral services designed to help keep foster youth engaged in school and progress toward graduation.

Advocates may:

  • Assist students with accessing education support and special education services
  • Work to keep students in the same school or improve transition when a move occurs
  • Work with school on disciplinary matters to address problems and maintain enrollment
  • Help with making up high school credits or finding suitable alternative program, and
  • Train caregivers, social workers, and students on educational rights and responsibilities

Children's Administration Social Workers or CHET Screeners must make the referral to the program. For more information about the program email: eareferrals@dshs.wa.gov.

Program Manager

Shanna McBride
mcbrism@dshs.wa.gov
360-902-8474