Increasing educational outcomes for youth in foster care in Tulare County
The TCOE Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) provides support services for students who experience the trauma of being removed from their home, school instability, and multiple placements while in foster care. Our goal is to increase collaboration among child welfare, probation, education, and community agencies to improve the educational outcomes for students in foster care. FYSCP has project specialists assigned to school districts to establish networks, assist with challenges, and implement solutions in meeting the unique needs of students in foster care.
Services that we provide to districts and our community partners are:
Guidance to school districts, placement agencies, and care providers in meeting the legal obligations and educational rights pertaining to foster youth
Collaboration with county departments and agencies including Independent Living Programs
Protection of foster youth educational rights and assistance with immediate and appropriate, stable school placements
Training for all stakeholders on critical issues including educational rights, legal mandates, best practices, and other school-related topics
Assistance with educational and motivational programs and events for a successful transition from foster care
Building awareness in schools and group homes on the understanding of laws, procedures, and needs for supporting a foster youth’s education
Maintaining Foster Focus, a database of foster youth students in Tulare County public schools, to ensure they receive appropriate educational supports and services as outlined in Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP)
Please contact Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program for more information.