FOSTER & HOMELESS YOUTH
Dr. Jamie Snodgrass
Director of Instruction and Pupil Services
805.306.4500 Ext. 4211
SCHOOL SITE CONTACTS
Hillside Middle School
Liaison Cheri Toyen:
Academic Support Matthew Kingsbury: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sinaloa Middle School
805.520.6830 Liaison Anna Malais:
Academic Support Carrie Georgieva: email@example.com
Valley View Middle School
Liaison Liz Boucher:
Academic Support Kylie Pylman:
Royal High School
Liaison Wendy Mayea:
Academic Support Sylvan Tauber:
Santa Susana High School
Liaison Shawn Trowbridge:
Academic Support Karen Hazlewood: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simi Valley High School
805.577.1400 Liaison Tiffany Nesterenko:
Academic Support Lourdes Caal:
Apollo High School
Liaison Dean May:
Monte Vista School
Liaison Elizabeth Pecora:
Simi Institute for Careers and Education
805.579.6200 Liaison Nicole Pacheco:
email@example.com Extension 1617
Academic Support Tammy Pugh:
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES AND YOUTH
Are You Hungry?
The links below will provide information on community organizations that will feed families.
Do You Need Housing?
The links below will provide information on community organizations that can help families with housing.
Do You or Your Child Need Counseling Support Services?
The links below will provide information to support parents and families.
FOSTER YOUTH SERVICES
Grandparent Kinship Support
Local organization supporting grandparents raising youth.
Provides information for youth, caregivers, and businesses.
Ventura County Foster Kids
Provides information on foster care and resources.
Ventura County Office of Education Foster Youth Services
Provides resources on legislation, links to local organizations, and assistance for families.
Foster Youth Education Toolkit
Provides information and resources for educational support.
STATE & NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR SERVING FOSTER/HOMELESS YOUTH
Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
by the National Child Trauma Stress Network
Foster Care Transition for High School Youth
by the U.S. Department of Education
Guidance on Fixed, Regular and Adequate Housing
by the Los Angeles County Office of Education
Local Education Liaisons Understanding Their Role
by the National Center for Homeless Education
Overview of McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Adapted from Los Angeles County Office Of Education
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Eligibility Flowchart
by the National Center for Homeless Education
FOSTER AND MCKINNEY VENTO YOUTH RIGHTS
RIGHT TO REMAIN IN YOUR SCHOOL OF ORIGIN:
You have the right to stay in the same school, your "school of origin" after you move provided it is in your best interest. Your “school of origin” can be:
- The school you attended when you first entered foster care,
- The school you most recently attended, or
- Any school you attended in the last 15 months that you feel connected to.
RIGHT TO IMMEDIATE ENROLLMENT IN SCHOOL:
You have the right to immediately enroll in your regular home school after you move, even if you do not have the paperwork you would normally need for enrollment (such as birth certificate, vaccinations transcript, or IEP).
Your previous school must send your education records to your new school.
You have the right to participate in any activities, such as sports teams, tutoring, or after-school clubs, even if you miss a tryout or sign-up deadline.
RIGHT TO PARTIAL CREDITS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
If you change schools during the school year, you have a right to partial credits in all classes that you are passing, even if you do not complete the entire class.
After you change schools, your new school must accept the partial credits issued by your old school.
After you change schools, you have the right to be enrolled in the same or similar classes you were enrolled in at your last school.
You have the right to stay in high school for a fifth year to complete school district graduation requirements, even if you are over 18.
If you are behind in credits, and you transferred schools after 10th grade, AB167/216 allows you to graduate by completing only the state graduation requirements. If you are eligible, the decision is made by your education rights holder.
You have the right to have the application fee waived when you apply to a community college in California, maximum federal financial assistance, college fees waived, and assistance for completing the FASFA.
You may be eligible for up to $5,000 per year from the Chafee scholarship.
RIGHT TO YOUR SCHOOL RECORDS:
You have the right to access your school records if you are 16 years or older or have finished 10th grade.
Your social worker/probation officer and education rights holder can access your school records as well.
As a foster youth, you also have other rights that are not related to school, such as the right to see a doctor or to have private storage space. For more information, please see the Foster Youth Bill of Rights.