Foster Youth and McKinney-Vento Youth
- Student Residency Questionnaire – PDF
- Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency
- California Foster Youth Education Law Fact Sheets
- National Center for Homeless Education
We strive to provide educational advocacy and services for Foster Youth and Homeless of Amador County through the Amador County Office of Education. Foster Youth and Homeless Services Program (FYHS) provides support and resources to the school district in the county. We strive to meet the unique educational needs of foster youth and homeless by working collaboratively together with students, caregivers, schools, placing agencies, group home providers and other related agencies.
We know that foster children, as a group, tend to function at a lower academic level, are less likely to graduate high school, exhibit more behavior problems and have lower self-esteem than the general school-age population. Therefore, it is essential that they are provided with the advocacy and support needed to face these challenges.
Our goal is to act as an advocate for students and to provide the support to help foster children develop the skills and confidence necessary to become effective students and adults.
Amador County Office of Education works closely with the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency to provide services.
The Student Residency Questionnaire is intended to assist the McKinney-Vento Act. The fact that a child is homeless or is classified as an unaccompanied minor, is not a sufficient basis for initiating a mandated report. Your answers will help determine documents necessary to enroll your child quickly and/or to determine if you are eligible for additional educational supports.
Contact our Foster Homeless Liaison with questions or concerns.
All communication is kept confidential. Reporting homelessness or requesting assistance is not a significant basis for government agencies. Our goal is to provide assistance to families in need.
Foster Youth Rights
AB490 Chapter 862 was created to establish new duties and rights related to the education of dependents and wards in foster care.
- Access to the same educational opportunities and resources as other students
- Increased stability of school placements
- Immediate enrollment even if records are not available
- Timely transfer of student records
- Calculation of full or partial credits for coursework completed by the student at prior schools attended
- Education placement decision that is determined by the child’s best interest
For more information regarding Foster Youth Rights follow the link below.
Homeless Youth (McKinney Vento Youth)
Definition of Homeless
The term homeless children and youth mean individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate residence. This definition also includes:
- Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons
- Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, or awaiting foster care placement
- Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
- Migrating children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
For more information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and other resources for homeless youth please follow the link below.