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Foster Youth and Homeless Youth Services

The Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) and Homeless Youth Education Program (HYEP) 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 increases 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.
  • Foster Youth that go on to four-year colleges 3% 3%
  • Foster Youth who perform below grade level. 35% 35%
  • Average Foster youth do not complete high school within 2.5 to 4 years after exiting care 46% 46%
  • Foster youth that are retained. 50% 50%
Rights, Law, and Regulations


Who Counts as a “Homeless” Student?

The Federal Government’s legal definition of homelessness is based upon the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act as anyone who:

  • Lacks a regular, fixed and adequate nighttime residence
  • Is sharing housing due to economic struggles
  • Is living in a public place not designed for sleeping or permanent residence (cars, parks, shelter or motel)
  • Is an unaccompanied youth
  • Is a youth awaiting foster care placement
  • Is a migrant youth who qualifies under any of the above

Youth Have Rights to:

  • Enroll in school without proper documentation/immunization records
  • Attend classes while educational records are being located and transferred
  • Remain in their school of origin
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address
  • Receive transportation to and from school

Homeless Youth Ed Right’s                     


Foster Youth Ed Right’s

  Foster Youth Ed Right's (English)Foster Youth Ed Right's



Assembly Bill 490—Ensures that Foster Youth have the following:

  • Access to the same educational opportunities and resources as other students
  • Increased stability of school placements
  • Immediate enrollment even when records are not available
  • Timely transfer of student records
  • Calculation of full or partial credit for coursework by schools the student has attended
  • Education placement decisions that are determined by the youth’s best interest
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
Linda Downey 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 22736 Kewin Mill Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Diana Turner
Big Oak Flat 209-962-5765 Post Office Box 1397
Groveland, CA 95321
Lizzie Banks
Columbia Union School District 209-532-0202 22540 Parrots Ferry Road
Columbia, CA 95310
Lauretta Carr
Curtis Creek School District 209-533-1083 18755 Standard Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Sherri Wels
Gold Rush Charter School 209-532-9781 16330 Hidden Valley Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Ron Hamilton
Jamestown School District 209-984-4058 18299 Fifth Avenue
Jamestown, CA 95327
Justine Jordet
Sonora School District 209-532-5491 830 Greenly Road
Sonora, CA 95370
Emily Vieira
Sonora Union High School District 203-533-8510 430 North Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Lance Marrow
Soulsbyville School 209-562-1419 20300 Soulsbyville Road
Soulsbyville, CA 95372
Laura Nelson
Summerville School District 209-928-4291 18451 Carter Street
Tuolumne, CA 95379
Charlene Brown
Summerville Union High School District 209-928-3498 17555 Tuolumne Road
Tuolumne, CA 95379
Steve Sweitzer
TCSOS Alternative Education 209-536-2068 175 Fairview Lane
Sonora, CA 95379
Kelsey Stone
TCSOS SELPA 209-536-2055 175 Fairview Lane
Sonora, CA 95379
Kylee Luchetti
Twain Harte Union School District 209-586-3772 18815 Manzanita Drive
Twain Harte, CA 95383
Jasmine Rathmel