Foster Youth Services
The mission of our Foster Youth Services program is to support the county's approximately 500 youth living in foster care in in accessing their education and progressing towards the attainment of their educational goals. This support takes the form of collaboration with students and families, school and district staff, and other county agencies in order to remove barriers to educational access and expand educational opportunities.
In partnership with all of the agencies serving youth in the foster care system, the role of FYS is to provide resources and support to school staff and families in order to create a bridge that will help students succeed.
Foster Youth Data
Foster youth data on enrollment, test performance, and more is available at the California Department of Education's Dataquest website. This Foster Youth Fact Sheet (pdf) explains how foster youth are doing in Sonoma County and some measures SCOE is taking to encourage Foster Youth success and help school districts.
- Connect. Support. Report. Facebook page supporting mandated reporters
- Foster Youth Education Rights - Fact Sheet
- Foster Youth Education Toolkit (pdf) – From the Alliance for Children’s Rights
- Minor’s Consent to Medical Care (pdf)
- Protocol for Enrolling Unaccompanied Youth, from NAEHCY (pdf)
- SCMAAF’s Foster Children Give-a-Gift Program (pdf)
- Foster Youth Education Planning Guide, developed by California College Pathways.
By removing barriers that occur due to frequent changes in home placement, this program helps ensure that foster youth can benefit from uninterrupted educational access. Specific goals are to:
- Reach out to foster youth and their families and provide education-related support, such as helping them make contact with school districts and access educational resources.
- Coordinate, support, and expand foster youth tutoring programs.
- Strengthen relationships with partner agencies serving foster youth, including county departments, VOICES Sonoma, and Santa Rosa Junior College.
- Implement the Foster Focus software, which allows for the transfer of student information to expedite school enrollment.
School District Liaisons
District Foster Youth Education Liaisons support foster youth in their districts by:
- Facilitating immediate enrollment in school
- Ensuring the timely transfer of education records when a foster youth changes school placements
- Supporting academic achievement
- Encouraging school attendance and reducing truancy and drop-out rates
- Reducing incidents of student discipline problems and juvenile delinquency
- Communicating with foster youth and appropriate supporting individuals such as foster parents, education rights holders, social workers, and CASA in order to provide coordinated support to foster youth.
- Ensuring that foster youth receive the appropriate safeguards under: AB 490 (School Stability and Timely Transfer of Records) and AB 167 (High School Graduation Requirements)
|Alexander Valley Union||Matt Reno, Superintendent||707-433-1375|
|Bellevue Union||Gilda DeNiro, Director Student Svcs||707-542-5197 x3|
|Bennett Valley Union||Sue Field, Superintendent||707-542-2201 x12|
|Cinnabar||Sandy Doyle, Superintendent||707-765-4345|
|Cloverdale Unified||Jeremy Decker, Superintendent||707-894-1994|
|Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified||Matt Marshall, Director Student Svcs||707-588-5700|
|Dunham||Christine Barkas, Superintendent||707-795-5050|
|Forestville Union||Phyllis Parisi, Superintendent||707-887-9767|
|Fort Ross||John Markatos, Superintendent||707-847-3390|
|Geyserville Unified||Debra Bertolucci, Interim Supe.||707-857-3592|
|Gravenstein Union||Jennifer Schwinn, Superintendent||707-823-7008|
|Guerneville||Dana Pedersen, Superintendent||707-869-2864 x116|
|Harmony Union||Rene McBride, Superintendent||707-874-1205 x12|
|Healdsburg||Diane Conger, Director Student Svcs||707-431-3480|
|Horicon||Jeff McFarland, Supe/Principal||707-886-5322|
|Kashia||Frances Johnson, Administrator||707-785-9682|
|Kenwood||Bob Bales, Superintendent||707-833-2500|
|Liberty||Chris Rafanelli, Superintendent||707-795-4380|
|Mark West Union||Rachel Valenzuela, Director Student Svcs||707-524-2799|
|Monte Rio Union||Superintendent||707-865-2266|
|Montgomery||Judy Mercieca, Principal||707-632-5221|
|Oak Grove Union||Alan Vann Gardner Ed.D., Superintendent||707-545-0171|
|Old Adobe Union||Christine Spores, Director Student Svcs||707-765-4319|
|Petaluma City||Dave Rose, Director Student Svcs||707-778-4605|
|Piner-Olivet Union||Carmen Diaz-French, Superintendent||707-522-3000|
|Rincon Valley Union||Cathy Myhers, Spec Ed Director||707-542-7375|
|Roseland||Moises Fernandez, Counselor||707-546-7050 x2179|
|Santa Rosa City||Patty Turner, Student and Family Svcs||707-528-5788|
|Sebastopol Union||Linda Irving, Superintendent||707-829-4570|
|Sonoma Valley Unified||Sydney Smith, Coord. Student Svcs||707-935-6087|
|Twin Hills Union||Barbara Bickford, Superintendent||707-823-0871|
|Two Rock Union||Toni Beal, Superintendent||707-762-6617|
|Waugh||Rebecca Rosales, Superintendent||707-765-3331|
|West Side Union||Rhonda Bellmer, Superintendent/Princ.||707-433-3923 x12|
|West Sonoma County Union High||Vince Hamilton, District Psychologist||707-824-6419|
|Wilmar Union||Eric Hoppes, Supe/Principal||707-765-4340|
|Windsor Unified||Allison Griggs, Program Coordinator||707-837-7700|
|Wright||Adam Schaible, Superintendent||707-542-0550 x102|