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Foster Youth Services

Grant programs for each county office of education and selected school districts to increase interagency support for foster youth.

Foster Youth Services (FYS) programs provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care. FYS programs have the ability and authority to ensure that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. FYS programs increase the stability of placements for foster children and youth. These services are designed to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, directly benefiting them as well as providing long-range cost savings to the state.

Funding
Requests for applications and funding results for foster youth service programs.

2013–14 Year-End Report
Each FYS Program that received grant funding for fiscal year 2013-14 is required to complete the FYS Program Year-End Report.

Listserv
Join the Foster Youth Issues Forum Listserv to share ideas and ask for advice about foster youth.

Partial Course Credit Letter
Education Code Section 48645 requires each public school district and county office of education to accept full or partial coursework completed by a pupil while attending another school or agency.

Resources
Resources related to foster youth services programs.

Foster Youth Services - CalEdFacts
This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Contacts

Foster Youth Services Program Coordinators
Contact information for statewide, core district, countywide, and juvenile detention FYS programs.

AB 490 Educational Liaisons for Foster Youth
Contact information for Assembly Bill 490 educational liaisons at the county offices of education and school districts.

Legislative Reports

2014 Report to the Governor and Legislature
Information on program effectiveness generated by the Core, Countywide, and Juvenile Detention Foster Youth Services programs during the 2012-13 school year.

2012 Report to the Governor and Legislature
Information on program effectiveness generated by the Core, Countywide, and Juvenile Detention Foster Youth Services programs during the 2010-11 school year.

2010 Report to the Legislature and Governor
Information on program effectiveness generated by the Core, Countywide, and Juvenile Detention Foster Youth Services programs during the 2008-09 school year.

Publications

Educating California's Foster Youth
Study of Policies, Procedures, and Practices Affecting the Education of Children Residing in Group Homes.

Study of the Educational Placement of Children Residing in Group Homes (PDF)
This report presents findings and recommendations regarding the education of children residing in group homes or licensed children’s institutions in California.

Questions: Lisa Guillen | lguillen@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-5930 
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