Site Visit Report: Kids in School Rule! (KISR!)
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Published: October 2013
This site visit report discusses the findings of an evaluation of the federally funded Kids in School Rule! Program, a collaboration between Cincinnati Public Schools, Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, and juvenile court to increase school stability for students involved with child welfare or under court-ordered protective supervision. The grant was awarded in January 2012 and the project expanded to 56 schools within the district. As of January 2013, the project is serving 181 students. The site visit occurred January 10 and 11, 2013, and telephone interviews were conducted between January 17-24, 2013. The collaboration is focused on increasing school stability, improving direct communication about students, and reducing disruptions and removals from school. To help meet project goals, two educational specialists assist JFS case managers with education-related issues and serve as the point of contact regarding student participants. In addition, each Cincinnati school has a KISR! liaison to support students. To ensure the educational needs of children are met, magistrates in Hamilton County Juvenile Court review educational information about each KISR! child in foster care or under court-ordered protective supervision. Information is provided on the successes of the project, challenges, early results, and the sustainability of the project.
foster children; juvenile delinquency; school linked services; Ohio; academic achievement; Stability; Interagency collaboration; Service integration