Placer County Office of Education offers trusted support from a caring team of individuals. The PCOE Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program is focused on providing valuable resources and technical assistance to school districts throughout the county. Keep reading to learn more about our program, including who to contact for assistance.
There are approximately 100,000 children in California living in foster care. Being removed from their families because they have experienced abuse or neglect, the State becomes their guardian and has a unique legal obligation to ensure their well-being. However, this doesn't mean they'll receive the education they deserve. In regards to receiving education, recent studies have found the following:
Foster kids have significantly higher rates of absenteeism and disciplinary referrals compared to their peers
75% of these children perform below grade level
83% of them are held back by third grade
50% of foster students obtain a high school diploma/GED
Fewer than 3% will attend a four-year college
Improving the educational outcomes of foster children requires an improvement in collaboration between state and local child welfare professionals and judicial and education agencies--in addition to improving current policies and practices. Some recommendations include:
Child welfare agencies: identification of educational strengths and needs; participation in education teams; case plans that include an expanded education section; improved communication of education plans and education progress to judges and other stakeholders.
Judicial agencies: Increased focus on education during dependency proceedings and appointment of educational champions.
Education agencies: Identification of district foster youth education liaisons; identification of school-site foster youth education liaisons; identification of educational strengths and needs; facilitation of education team meetings.
Click through the tabs in this section to find more information about our program, including services offered, documents, resources, and who to contact for assistance.
Using a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) approach, the PCOE FYSCP provides outstanding educational case management solutions to all children living in foster care. Under this approach, data is used to prioritize supports and services for the youth in care. Working closely with school districts' foster youth liaisons, students who are identified as having a need for educational supports are provided assistance in the following areas:
Counseling supports and interventions
To provide the best support possible, our program engages with the following two advisory groups:
This team consists of the Director of Health and Human Services, Superior Court Judge, Chief of Probation, PCOE Superintendent of Schools, Director of Mental Health America, Director of Children's System of Care, and the Superintendent of Western Placer Unified School District.
The second advisory group, which meets quarterly, consists of professionals from:
School districts' foster youth programs, probation offices, Children's System of Care, Independent Living Program, Sierra College, Mental Health America, CASA, Koinonia Group Homes, and KidzCount.
Below you will find many important documents to assist you in learning more about our programs.
Best Interest Determination Check-list
California Foster Care Education Task Force Fact Sheets, English
California Foster Care Education Task Force Fact Sheets, Spanish
Enrollment and HS Rights Flyer
FHYSCP Directory 2022-23
School Stability 2021
Trauma Needs for Foster Youth
Take a look at these additional resources for further details about our program:
California - County Liaisons
Foster Youth Education Toolkit - This toolkit has additional information and tools for best practices to support youth in the foster care system.
AB 490 OVERVIEW AB490 - Addresses school stability and transportation and Foster Youth District Liaison responsibilities
AB1933 School of Origin
AB167 - AB167 Graduation Requirements Waiver
ACL 11-51 - School of Origin Transportation - Fiscal responsibility between LEA and Child Welfare Department
CaFosterCareEdLawFactSheets - Foster Care Education - Fact Sheets
CDE Foster Youth Services - California Department of Education, Foster Youth Services Department
ESSA - Non-Regulatory Guidance Ensuring School Stability for Students in Foster Care
FYS partners with the Children's System of Care for the identification of foster youth age 15½ or older who are in out-of-home placements. Referrals to ILP are made at age 16.
KEYS is a collaborative project between FYS, the Department of Rehabilitation, and PRIDE Industries. This program is designed to ensure successful employment outcomes for foster youth, ages 16-19, who have significant barriers to employment.
Partners with Sierra Community College, PCOE-FYS, Children's System of Care, and other community professionals to address the needs, concerns, and issues that affect the success and retention of former foster students attending Sierra Community College.
Student Support Practitioner
Evelyn Del Bosque
Family and Youth Community Liaison
DOES PCOE OFFER SUPPORT FOR HOMELESSNESS?
Yes. PCOE offers many resources and supports for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Visit our McKinney-Vento Homeless Education page to learn more.
WHERE CAN I FIND Information related to Mental Wellness?
PCOE offers a wide variety of support options for those experiencing a mental illness. Visit our Student Mental Wellness page to learn more.
WHAT SUPPORTS DOES PCOE OFFER FOR FOSTER CHILDREN?
PCOE is happy to offer assistance to foster children in need. We provide support with academics, social/emotional assistance, transitioning, vocational help, and counseling supports and interventions. Visit our Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program page to learn more.
Public Health Resources
Placer County public health resources for you and your children.
Take a look at the numerous workshops to support the PCOE Independent Living Program. All workshops are held via Zoom.
Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.
― Rita Pierson