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 Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program

Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program

 Welcome

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.

 Information

 Foster Care in California

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Judicial agencies:  Increased focus on education during dependency proceedings and appointment of educational champions.

  3. 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.

 Purpose of Program

The PCOE Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) is committed to providing needed resources and technical assistance for school districts. With a holistic, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary approach, FYSCP assists students in reaching their maximum educational and vocational potential--not to mention their well-being. The PCOE FYSCP has adopted the FosterEd approach to best serve schools, districts, and those children living in foster care.

What it FosterEd? PCOE partners with local education, child welfare, and judicial agencies to implement the following continuous cycle of data-driven interventions:

  1. Identification and support of an educational champion

  2. Development and monitoring of education team: Education liaisons create and monitor education teams for a child in foster care.

  3. Individualized educational goals based on strengths and needs. The student's educational strengths and needs are identified using a research-based tool and used to develop educational goals.

 Services We Provide

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:

  • Academics 

  • Social/emotional assistance

  • Transitioning

  • Vocational help

  • Counseling supports and interventions

To provide the best support possible, our program engages with the following two advisory groups:

The Systems Management Advocacy Resource Team (SMART)

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.

Both groups act as advisory and oversight for implementation and outcomes for the FYSCP.

 Documents

Below you will find many important documents to assist you in learning more about our programs. If you find any broken links, or you feel like a certain resource should be included here, please let us know.​​

Placer COE FYSC Program Plan 2017-18.pdf

 Resources

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

FosterEd Connect

Caregiver Affidavit

ESSA - Non-Regulatory Guidance Ensuring School Stability for Students in Foster Care


Transition Resources

Independent Living Skills Program (ILP)

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.​

Kaleidoscope of Employment for Youth Success 

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.​

Resource, Referrals, and School Gap Program

Collaborate and connect foster youth, families and schools to community agencies and programs, including the School Gap Program (a grant from the City of Roseville) to help fill in the “gaps” and help ensure academic success for students by assisting in areas such as: enrichment opportunities, school activities, school supplies, health and hygiene products and more!​

College Transition Support Team

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.​

Placer County Network of Care

The Placer County Network of Care is a one-stop-shop for wellness services and resources.  On this website, you will be able to connect with over 600 service providers in, and around Placer County.


 Contacts

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Alicia Rozum

Coordinator

(530) 745-1302

Email​

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Michelle Graf

Student Support Practitioner

(916) 784-6437

Email

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Amanda Cozington

Student Support Practitioner

(530) 886-2878

Email

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Kim Somers

Student Support Practitioner

(530) 886-2878

Em​ail


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Ashley Verker

Student Support Practitioner

(530) 886-2867

Email​

 FAQ's

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.​​​​​

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 Quotations

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​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​