Foster Youth Services and Homeless Family Supports

Foster Youth Services

Contact:  Maria Plowman, Coordinator III, Student Services and Support

The purpose of our Foster Youth Program is to provide educational support for children and youth in the foster care system by promoting their academic and personal success. Natomas USD provides services as part of a statewide system of programs designed to meet the unique educational needs of foster children and youth. These services include:

  • Liaison services between placement and educational agencies;
  • Notification of schools regarding placement of students in foster care;
  • Training for schools;
  • Collaboration between partner agencies, foster families, and group home staff;
  • Data collection to monitor and evaluate services;
  • Advocacy services to increase academic achievement;
  • Maintenance of a secure database containing basic education and health information for all foster children and youth in the district

Resources:

AB 490 Foster Youth AB 167 Foster Youth
Board Policy 5111.11 – RESIDENCY OF STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE Board Policy 6173.1 – EDUCATION FOR FOSTER YOUTH

Homeless Family Supports

Contact:  Maria Plowman, Coordinator III, Student Services and Support

Homeless children are entitled to the protections of the McKinney-Vento Act. The Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” The act goes on to give examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
  • Children living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
  • Children living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Children awaiting foster care placement;
  • Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc);
  • Children living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations

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