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Foster Youth Services

The Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP)  provides support services to foster children and homeless youth who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care or unstable housing.

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Foster Youth Coordinator

Colleen Whitlock
Student Support Services Director II
209.536.2075

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Foster Youth Manager

Kelsey Stone
Foster Youth / Special Projects Coordinator III
209.536.2068

About Foster Youth Services

The Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP)   provides support services to foster children and homeless youth who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care or unstable housing. FYSCP  has the ability and authority to ensure that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and to coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. The FYSCP and HYEP increase the stability of placements for foster children and homeless youth. These services are designed to improve the children’s educational performance and personal achievement, directly benefiting them as well as providing long-range cost savings to the state.

Foster/Homeless Services Program also provides assistance to Tuolumne County School Districts to support school stability, and college and career readiness for foster and homeless students in our county. We work closely with community agencies including the Tuolumne County Department of Social Services, Probation, SELPA, Columbia College, Independent Living Program, Tuolumne County Mental Health, VMRC,  Tuolumne County Public Health, Student Support Services Council, and Tuolumne County Child Welfare Services.

The FYSCP is guided by AB490 & McKinney-Vento which ensures that:

  • Agencies must work together to serve the educational needs of students in foster care/homeless youth.
  • Students in foster care/homeless youth must have access to the same academic resources, services, extracurricular, and enrichment activities that are available.
  • The placing agency must promote educational stability.

Assembly Bill 490—Ensures:

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Access to the same educational opportunities and resources as other students

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Increased stability of school placements

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Immediate enrollment even when records are not available

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Timely transfer of student records

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Calculation of full or partial credit for coursework by schools the student has attended

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Education placement decisions that are determined by the youth’s best interest

Community Partners

Name Organization Position
Diana Turner Belleview Elementary District Liaison/CBO
Lizzie Banks Big Oak Flat District District Liaison
Michelle Clark Child Welfare Services Deputy Director
Michie Anderson Child Welfare Services CWS Program Manager
Stephanie Beaver Columbia College Foster Youth
Lauretta Carr Columbia Elementary School District Liaison
Sheri Wels Curtis Creek Elementary District Liaison/Principal
Kelsey Stone TCSOS/CWS Foster Youth Manager
Ron Hamilton Gold Rush Charter School District Liaison
Justine Jordet Jamestown Family Resources Center District Liaison Liaison
Diana Carpenter Me Wuk Tribal Social Services Social Worker
Lindsay and Yvonne MotherLode Job Training Job Developers
Gemi Battle Raising Healthy Families Program Manager
John Baker Sonora Elementary District Liaison/Principal
Lance Marrow Sonora/Cassina/Ted Bird High Schools District Liaison
Laura Nelson Soulsbyville School District Liaison
Steve Sweitzer Summerville High School District Liaison
Cathy Parker TCSOS Superintendent
Colleen Whitlock TCSOS Foster Youth Coordinator
Kylee Luchetti TCSOS Special Ed. Director/District Liaison
Marian Bacis Tuolumne Co. Social Services Social Worker
Alexis Byers Tuolumne Co. Social Services Social Worker
Dan Hawks Tuolumne County Probation Chief Probation Officer
Annie Hockett Tuolumne County Probation Juvenile Division Manager
Jasmine Rathmel Twain Harte School District Liaison
Cyndi Simonson TCSOS TCSOS Board Member
Charlene Brown Summerville Elementary School Principal/Liaison
School Phone Website Address FY Liaison
Belleview 209-586-5510 http://mybelleview.org/ 22736 Kewin Mill Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Diana Turner
Big Oak Flat 209-962-5765 https://www.bofg.org Post Office Box 1397
Groveland, CA 95321
Lizzie Banks
Columbia Union School District 209-532-0202 https://www.cusd49.com/ 22540 Parrots Ferry Rd.Columbia, CA. 95310 Lauretta Carr
Curtis Creek School District 209-533-1083 http://www.curtiscreekschool.com/ 18755 Standard Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Sherri Wels
Gold Rush Charter School 209-532-9781 http://www.goldrushcs.org/ 16330 Hidden Valley Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Ron Hamilton
Jamestown School District 209-984-4058 http://www.jamestown.k12.ca.us/ 18299 Fifth Avenue
Jamestown, CA 95327
Justine Jordet
Sonora School District 209-532-5491 http://www.ses.k12.ca.us/ 830 Greenly Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Emily Vieira
Sonora Union High School District 203-533-8510 http://sonorahs.k12.ca.us/ 430 North Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Roy Morlan
Soulsbyville School 209-562-1419 http://www.soulsbyvilleschool.com/ Soulsbyville, CA 95372 Laura Nelson
Summerville School District 209-928-4291 http://www.sumel.k12.ca.us/ 18451 Carter Street
Tuolumne, CA 95379
Ben Howell
Summerville Union High School District 209-928-3498 https://www.summbears.org/ 17555 Tuolumne Road
Tuolumne, CA 95379
Steve Sweitzer
TCSOS Alternative Education 209-536-2068 https://www.tcsos.com/ 175 Fairview Lane
Sonora, CA 95379
Kelsey Stone
TCSOS SELPA 209-536-2055 https://www.tcsos.com/ 175 Fairview Lane
Sonora, CA 95379
Kylee Luchetti
Twain Harte Union School District 209-586-3772 https://www.twainharteschool.com 18815 Manzanita Drive
Twain Harte, CA 95383
Jasmine Rathmel