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FOSTER & HOMELESS YOUTH

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Local Resources for Homeless Families and Youth

Agency 101
This document provides a list of resources countywide and is produced by the Ventura County Office of Education.

City of Simi Valley
Information from the City of Simi including the Affordable Housing Project.

Food Pantries
List of local food pantries.

Homeless Education InfoEnglish & Spanish

Resources for Homeless Families in East County
Lists of agencies for transitional families, including housing.

Simi Valley Samaritan Center
The Samaritan Center provides case management to best meet each family's unique needs.

School on Wheels
Free tutoring for students living in shelters, motels, group foster homes, domestic violence shelters, cars, on the street, in transitional housing including "couch surfing"

Simi Valley Free Clinic
Provides free and low-cost medical, counseling, legal, and dental support.

VCOE Homeless Education Project
Information from the Ventura County Office Of Education on the McKinney-Veto Act.

VCOE Foster/Homeless Brochure
Provides a general summary of services and contact information.

Foster Youth Services

Grandparent Kinship Support
Local organization supporting grandparents raising youth.

iFoster
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:

  1. The school you attended when you first entered foster care,
  2. The school you most recently attended, or
  3. 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.

GRADUATION RIGHTS

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.

COLLEGE RIGHTS

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.

NON-EDUCATION RIGHTS 

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.

Jamie Snodgrass
Director of Instruction and Pupil Services

805.306.4500 Ext. 4204

FosterHomeless Youth Liaisons & Academic Support Teachers

Hillside Middle School
805.520.6810

Liaison Cheri Toyen:
cheri.toyen@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 1010
Academic Support Matthew Kingsbury: matthew.kingsbury@simivalleyusd.org

Sinaloa Middle School
805.520.6830

Liaison Brad Torti:
bradley.torti@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 7006
Academic Support Carrie Georgieva: carrie.georgieva@simivalleyusd.org

Valley View Middle School
805.520.6820

Liaison Liz Boucher:
elizabeth.boucher@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 1313
Academic Support Kylie Plyman:
kylie.plyman@simivalleyusd.org

Royal High School
805.306.4875

Liaison Wendy Mayea:
wendy.mayea@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 2710
Academic Support Sylvan Tauber:
sylvan.tauber@simivalleyusd.org

Santa Susana High School
805.520.6800

Liaison Aimee Spurbeck-Boian: aimee.spurbeckboian@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 3707
Academic Support Alejandra Bonvehi: alejandra.bonvehi@simivalleyusd.org

Simi Valley High School
805.577.1400

Liaison Chris Schurer:
christopher.schurer@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 6723
Academic Support Sarah Todd:
sarah.todd@simivalleyusd.org

Apollo High School
805.520.6150

Liaison Shanna Sarris:
shanna.sarris@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 1507
Academic Support Kateri Mattila:
kateri.mattila@simivalleyusd.org

Monte Vista School
805.579.6326

Liaison Liz Bednar:
elizabeth.bednar@simivalleyusd.org, Extension 2006
Academic Support: ASSIGNED TEACHER