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Best Foot Forward referrals are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. While we try our best to accept as many students as possible, openings vary depending on caseloads and a referral could be waitlisted. Priority is placed on 3rd and 9th-grade students.

Eligible students require the following:

  1.  Students in kindergarten through 12th grade, with priority given to 3rd, 8th and 9th grades.
  2.  Students must be attending a traditional, public school. No charter or alternative schools.
  3. Students with an open DCF case, living in Out-of-Home or In-Home Placement:
    1.  Foster Home
    2.  Group Home
    3.  Relative Care
    4.  Non-Relative Care
  4.  Students not in foster care, but considered at-risk with challenging or unconventional family situations.
  5.  Because need exceeds capacity within our caseloads, eligibility does not guarantee enrollment.

If you have a student you would like to refer, please contact Debbie Ellman at