Sonoma County Office of Education

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.

The Sonoma County Office of Education began the 2012-13 school year with a new Foster Youth Services grant, which expands the educational support available to the 500+ foster youth living in Sonoma County.

Youth in the foster care system face challenges that can impact their access to education and their progress toward educational goals. To alleviate these issues, the Foster Youth Services grant is strengthening and expanding support to foster youth and assisting local districts in meeting the needs of these students, who typically experience frequent school transitions. A full-time Foster Youth Educational Services Coordinator is staffing these efforts.

Program Goals

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 Liaison Phone
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 Tracie Kern, Superintendent 707-765-4345
Cloverdale Unified Jeremy Decker, Superintdendent 707-894-1994
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified Matt Marshall, Director Student Svcs 707-588-5700
Dunham Casey D'Angelo, 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 Rachael Maves, Superintendent 707-874-1205 x12
Healdsburg Diane Conger, Director Student Svcs 707-431-3480
Horicon Troy Sherman, 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 Gail Ahlas, 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 Kaesa Enemark, Coordinator II 707-528-5788
Sebastopol Union Linda Irving, Superintendent 707-829-4570
Sonoma Valley Unified Sydney Smith 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 Lisa Saxon, Director Ed Services 707-837-7721
Wright Adam Schaible, Superintendent 707-542-0550 x102


  • Debra Sanders, Foster and Homeless Youth Education Services Coordinator
    (707) 524-2661,