Nurturing Education Success for Children in Foster Care
As a foster parent, you have a key role in establishing a successful and promising future for the child or children in your care. You can also help form a foundation built on the importance of education and create a desire for learning by investing in their educational future.
By opening an Arkansas Brighter Future 529 Plan, you can help a child prepare for opportunities at a variety of eligible institutions including colleges & universities, graduate programs, vocational and trade schools, or any apprenticeship program that is registered and certified with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Opening an Account
Any foster parent can open an Arkansas Brighter Future 529 account for children in their care.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will maintain ownership of their account until the child is permanently placed, adopted, or reaches the age of 18.
If the child is adopted, ownership of the 529 plan account will be moved to the adoptive parent. If the child is still in foster care at the age of 18, ownership of the 529 plan account will be transferred to the child.
Tell your contact at DCFS you want to establish an Arkansas Brighter Future 529 plan for a child in foster care.
DCFS will work with our program manager to provide the necessary paperwork in order to open the account.
Afterward, a DCFS representative will share the account number with you so that you are able to contribute as you wish.