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Foster Youth Services

Foster Youth Services seeks to address the unique educational needs of youth in foster care systems. Foster Youth Services supports and advocates for the academic success of foster youth in collaboration with District offices, schools, care providers, child welfare, community-based agencies, and youth.

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Overview

Many youth in foster care experience multiple changes in home placements as they are placed with foster parent(s), guardian homes (kinship/relative or non-relative) and group homes. Because of the complexities of their experience, many foster youth perform below grade level, are held back in school, and have lower graduation rates than their peers.

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Education

In accordance with CA law (AB 490), Foster Youth Services ensure equitable access to education for foster youth by removing barriers to education such as: 

School Stability
The right to remain in their original school when they enter foster care or move (if in their best interests).

Immediate Enrollment
The right to be immediately enrolled in a new school (even without health/education records).

Partial Credit
The right to receive partial or full credit for work completed at other schools (all students have this right).

Fairness
The right to not be punished for court-related absences.