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Foster Youth

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.

Foster Youth Contacts

Foster Youth Coordinator
Colleen Whitlock
Director II, Student Support Services
209.536.2075
cwhitlock@tcsos.us

Foster Youth Managers
Kelsey Stone
Foster Youth / Special Projects Coordinator III
209.536.2068
kstone@tcsos.us

Janelle Quin
Foster Youth / Special Projects Coordinator III
209.536.2077
jquin@tcsos.us

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

  • 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

Community

Partners