Educational Programming, Assessment and Consultation (EPAC)

Educational Programming, Assessment and Consultation (EPAC) services are the official statewide educational support services provided to youth in the custody of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. EPAC provides the following academic support services to youth in foster care:

  • Diagnostic Educational Assessment: Each foster child who is referred for EPAC services receives an initial diagnostic educational assessment. This assessment is provided by a certified teacher or EPAC staff member. It provides a comprehensive review of the math and reading performance of the child.
  • Educational Consultation to Case Managers: After a foster child has received an initial diagnostic educational assessment, EPAC consults with the child’s Case Manager to develop an Education Action Plan (EAP) and an Educational Stability Plan (ESP) based on the results derived from the assessment.
  • Educational Consultation to Executive Staff: EPAC provides educational stability consultation and training to child welfare leaders and stakeholders. These consultations and trainings assist in the development of educational policy and practice within the division, and provide clarification and interpretation of local and state federal laws and statutes.
  • Tutorial Services: Foster children in need of remediation or academic support receive additional tutoring services provided by a certified teacher. These pre-selected teachers (tutors) are identified as Educational Specialists (ES) who have individually established contracts with DFCS.
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Development: For foster child in need of special education support services, EPAC works collaboratively with the child’s school to ensure an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed (where needed).
  • Advocacy: EPAC and county Division staff work collaboratively with local school systems and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to ensure quality educational services are provided to youth in the custody of DFCS. Advocacy activities may range from assisting in the coordination of academic records for youth who have experienced multiple placements to assisting in the development of an IEP for youth with identified special needs.
  • Resource Coordination: EPAC maintains a statewide Educational Resource Directory for that provides local education information and resources. These resources may include academic support services, community-based services and child and family services.