Children and youth in foster care face a unique set of educational challenges, including frequent school transfers, a lack of communication between public schools and child welfare agencies, and a lack of stable academic support and guidance. FosterEd is an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law, a national non-profit working to improve the lives of at-risk children, that improves the academic outcomes of foster children by ensuring they are supported by educational champions and strengthened by education teams. Jesse Hahnel, an attorney and a former public school teacher, founded FosterEd in 2009 and launched a pilot project in Marion County, Indiana the following year. FosterEd worked across government agencies, forming a leadership team consisting of representatives of the Juvenile Court, public school system, and child welfare agency. By late 2011, FosterEd’s Educational Liaisons had worked with 44 foster children in Marion County and resolved 76 unmet educational “needs,” ranging from behavioral to attendance issues. Based on early successes, in 2012, Indiana created a publicly-funded, statewide FosterEd program, and the Educational Liaisons became employees of the Department of Child Services (DCS). By the end of 2012, FosterEd: Indiana’s 17 Education Liaisons had worked directly with 748 foster children, identifying 1,536 unmet educational needs and resolving 89 percent of needs in closed cases.