Foster Youth Services
New Foster Youth Data in September, 2016
New foster youth data on enrollment, test performance, and more is available at the California Department of Education's Dataquest website as of September 2016. 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.
AB 167 / 216 Graduation
The Alliance for Children’s Rights provides this overview of the laws related to High School Graduation for Foster Youth (pdf). An eligibility and credit checklist is included.
California Foster Youth Education Task Force
The California Foster Youth Education Task Force is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for foster youth by bringing together subject matter experts representing more than 35 organizations and agencies to engage in cross-systems collaboration. Membership is open to anyone interested in promoting improved educational opportunities and successes for California’s foster youth.
Foster Children Give-a-Gift Program, from SCMAAF
The Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance and Foundation (SCMAAF) established the Give-a-Gift Program to help improve the quality of life for youth in the foster care system. The program focuses on two key areas: providing foster children with holiday gifts and supporting college-bound foster youth with laptop computers.
Foster Youth Education Toolkit, from the Alliance for Children’s Rights
The Foster Youth Education Toolkit (pdf) is designed to assist school districts in meeting LCFF requirements and ensuring that foster youth receive the full benefits of laws designed to protect them. The Toolkit provides comprehensive information on the education rights of foster youth along with step-by-step procedures and easy-to-use implementation tools to help districts engage in best practices for foster youth education.
Foster Youth Education Law and LCFF Provisions
The fact sheets and LCFF informational guides from the California Foster Youth Education Task Force explain the provisions for foster youth that are included in California law and the Local Control Funding Formula.
California Foster Care Education Law Fact Sheets, Fifth Edition (pdf)
LCFF Provisions: Overview (pdf)
LCFF Provisions: Role for School Districts (pdf)
LCFF Provisions: Next Steps for School Districts (pdf)
LCFF Provisions: Next Steps for State Agencies (pdf)
Partial Credit Model Policy
One major barrier to high school graduation is schools’ failure to issue partial credits to foster youth who transfer schools mid-semester, despite laws requiring them to do so. California’s Partial Credit Model Policy: Improving the Educational Outcome of Foster Youth (pdf) provides guidance on how to issue and accept partial credits.
School Selection for Out-of-Home Youth
In this document, Best Practices: School Selection for Students in Out-of-Home Care (pdf), the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education and the National Center for Homeless Education present provide a framework for selecting a school for students in out-of-home care. A checklist for decision-making is included.
VOICES Sonoma exists to provide a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental community where transition-aged youth from all systems of care can utilize peer-based resources, feel connected, and build a foundation for their futures. Since opening in April 2008, VOICES has developed four programs to meet the needs of youth in the areas of health and wellness, employment and education, independent living, and housing services.