The Sacramento Countywide Foster Youth Services (FYS) Program is part of a statewide system of programs focused on improving educational outcomes for students in foster care.
Most children placed in foster care have suffered trauma as a result of parental neglect or abuse. The trauma, coupled with the need to adjust to new environments in a residential and educational setting, often places numerous stressors on the child that may compromise their ability to adjust to new educational expectations and curricula. The experiences of foster care can be overwhelming and incapacitating, hindering their ability to learn. Research studies have demonstrated foster youth are more likely to repeat one or more grades, are twice as likely to drop out of school as non-foster youth, and are less likely to earn a high school diploma.
Working collaboratively with local school districts, health and human services agencies, probation, courts, foster care agencies, and other interested groups and individuals, the FYS program provides training and resources on evidence-based strategies and promising practices geared to improve the education outcomes of foster children in Sacramento. The goals of the FYS program include:
- expediting the transfer of educational records
- providing support to struggling students
- strengthening the collaboration among partners
- implementing innovative programs to improve academic achievement
- maintaining and expanding the Foster Focus database
Foster Youth Services Program
Sacramento County Office of Education
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
(916) 228-2419 or fax: (916) 228-2676