Foster Youth Services (FYS) Programs provide support to students who have been displaced from family and school. FYS Programs ensure that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placement. FYS Programs coordinate and provide instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. These programs increase the stability of placements for foster youth. Their services are designed to improve the child’s educational performance and personal achievement
FYS Programs work with current and former foster youth, as well as staff members of group homes, schools, juvenile detention facilities, child welfare agencies, probation departments, and community service agencies to influence foster children’s day-to-day routines, both during and after school. FYS Programs may also work together with a variety of existing support services to provide comprehensive support services to foster youth. These services may include Title I, Neglected and Delinquent Youth (Public Law 103–382) program services, Healthy Start Services, services provided by special education local plan areas, and Independent Living Programs.
Chapter 862, Statutes of 2004 (Assembly Bill 490), includes a provision that requires all districts to appoint an educational liaison with prescribed duties to ensure appropriate and timely educational placement and equal opportunities for foster youth. These educational liaisons are supported by FYS Programs in local programs.
All FYS Programs provide education and support services to foster youth residing in licensed foster homes. Chapter 75, Statutes of 2006, allows for education-based services to foster youth in county-operated juvenile detention facilities.
There are 55 FYS grant-funded programs, including 54 countywide programs, and five districts.