Foster Youth Services
Welcome to the Foster Youth Services program at the Yuba County Office of Education. We are here to help ensure that foster youth receive the full benefits of a free and appropriate public education that all students are entitled to, including preschool programs. National and statewide research shows that a high percentage of children who are removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system experience both short and long term challenges in school.
Foster youth often experience numerous changes in placement and living situations which cause interruptions in their educational settings. The emotional adjustments of these changes combined with the sense of falling behind can be overwhelming for these students. It is estimated that for each mid-year school placement change, a student will fall behind academically by six months. Graduation rates for foster and homeless youth are 20% to 30% below the national average of their peers.
The Yuba County Office of Education along with all the Yuba County school districts, Yuba County Department of Social Services, Yuba County Probation and other community based agencies to fully implement both the state (AB 490 Foster Youth Education) and federal laws which govern and protect the educational rights of foster youth and children.
Scope of Services
- Assisting schools in obtaining student records, educational background and placement information
- Immediate enrollment in school
- Assistance with school services to maintain educational stability
- Timely transfer of educational records
- Assistance with obtaining immunization and medical records
- Transportation plans from the current residence to the school of origin
- Referral to Community Resources
- Linkage to community college/vocational program
All children and youth living in licensed foster care in Yuba County between the ages of 4-21 are eligible for services. Referrals can be made by social workers, probation officers, foster parents, group home providers, and school personnel.Resources
- California Education Law Fact Sheet - A simple yet detailed overview of CA Education Law pertaining to Foster Youth
- Partial Credits Manual
- Homeless Children & Youth Education - CDE
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth
- National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
- National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty
- Education Bill of Rights Assembly Bill 490
- Assembly Bill 167 Letter