Foster Youth Services Programs are designed to assist in creating school stability and ensure that foster youth have access to the same opportunities, experiences and resources as non-foster care. In the role of liaison, the Coordinator acts as an advocate for youth by communicating with social service and educational agencies regarding the rights of youth. The Coordinator also provides technical as well as education assistance to all concerned parties as it relates to the rights of foster youth.
FOSTER YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM:
The FYS Program Coordinator acts as a liaison between placement and educational agencies to assist with the coordination of all of the foster youth’s educational needs including instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. Under Assembly Bill 490 Foster Youth have the right to:
- Access the same opportunitiesto meet academic achievement standards including access to the same academic resources, services and extracurricular and enrichment activities as other students.
- School stabilityby ensuring that they remain in their school of origin for the duration of the school year whenever possible.
- Immediate, proper educational enrollment and placement regardless of available school and/or immunization records.
- Timely transfer of students and their records when a change of schools occurs.
- Receive credit for full or partial coursework.
- Not be penalized for absences due to placement changes, court appearances, or related court ordered activities.