San Mateo County Foster Youth Services

Foster Youth Services in San Mateo County is a partnership between San Mateo County Office of Education and Human Services Agency, and works in collaboration with multiple agencies and non-profit organizations across our county. This page is specifically designed for San Mateo foster parents, social workers, group home providers, CASAs, and shelter-care staff in San Mateo County to provide information and resources to support our foster youth's education.

We provide an Educational Success Handbook which serves as a layman's guide to enrolling your child in school, supporting them while in care, and preparing them for transition should they move to another placement.

Foster Youth Services is a program of the California Department of Education, resulting from Assembly Bill (AB) 490, effective 1/1/2004. Our Program seeks to improve educational outcomes for foster youth by establishing a level of collaboration and communication between schools, social service agencies, and foster youth caretakers that previously did not exist.

Educational liaisons are advocates who work to address the educational issues involved with foster youth, and who ensure and facilitate the proper enrollment into appropriate educational programs (Ed Code 48853.5). Additionally, liaisons provide the following services:

  • Consultation regarding educational issues
  • Gather educational records
  • Evaluate transcripts
  • Advocate for foster youth and their families on educational issues
  • Assist with educational transitions
  • Provide resources and referrals
  • Provide training to local education agencies, group homes, social services, and probation on educational issues affecting foster youth

Mission

Foster Youth Services (FYS) is a program designed to serve the unique educational needs of children in foster care. Through our partnership with San Mateo Human Services agency, we seek to serve all youth in out-of-home placement including children living in foster homes, group homes, youth shelters, and residential treatment facilities.

FYS ensures that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. It seeks to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, increasing the stability of placements for foster youth.

Education Success Handbook

The Ed Success Handbook is the product of the Ed Success Working Group, a partnership working to ensure the educational needs of San Mateo County's dependent youth are met. The Ed Success Working Group is composed of staff from Foster Youth Services, Children and Family Services, CASA of San Mateo County, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Legal Advocates for Children and Youth.

This guide serves to give caretakers, social workers, and probation officers an overview of key information to support our foster youth educationally. Statistically, foster youth have unique challenges as they move through their years of K-12 education, especially those that result from multiple school placements due to changing home placements. The links to Foster Ed Connect (our statewide foster youth website) provide a wide array of resources if you wish to research any of these topics in more detail. Keep in mind that you will need to register (free) with Foster Ed Connect to access the information on that site.

Chapters:

College Planning Handbook

This section is designed to provide basic information for assisting youth planning to attend college after high school. It is important to remember that each plan is unique and that colleges vary in their requirements and application process, so choosing a school early on and connecting with that specific school is most important. Also, identify someone who will be an education advocate and who will encourage and assist the student with the process.

Much of the information provided is available through collegeboard.orgcaliforniacolleges.com and various other websites included at the end of this section for the reader's reference.

Chapters:

JeneƩ Littrell

Deputy Superintendent,
Student Services

Email: jlittrell@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5588

Rosanna Anderson, MSW, PPS

Educational Liaison,
Foster Youth Services

Email: randerson@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 598-2161

Fax: (650) 598-2191

Renee Vorrises, MSW, PPS

Educational Liaison,
Foster Youth Services

Email: rvorrises@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 598-2164