Any student who is in foster care and placed through the Virginia Department of Social Services must follow the provisions mandated in the Fostering Connections guidance.  The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Social Worker must contact the Fostering Connection Liaison prior to the change of placement in order to schedule a Best Interest Determination meeting.  The Social Worker must submit Form A-17, the Notice of Student Receiving Foster Care Services, to begin this process.  The information should be submitted to the Fostering Connections Liaison, Tanya Meline, LCSW, at melinetl@staffordschools.net, or by phone at 540-658-6520.  

    If a student is placed through another state's Department of Social Services, an Interstate Compact Agreement must be completed.  Additional information regarding this process can be obtained from the Coordinator of School Social Workers & Fostering Connection Liaison, Tanya Meline, LCSW at 540-658-6520 or by email at melinetl@staffordschools.net