Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care. FYSCP have the ability and authority to ensure that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. FYSCP work with current and former youth, as well as staff members of group homes, schools, juvenile detention facilities, child welfare agencies, probation departments, and community service agencies to influence foster children's day-to-day routines, both during and after school. FYSCP increase the stability of placements for foster children and youth. These services are designed to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, directly benefiting them as well as providing long-range cost savings to the state.
Foster Youth Success Initiative Programs & Liaisons
Every California Community College campus has a foster youth liaison designated to assist foster youth as part of the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI). FYSI liaisons assist in accessing financial aid, scholarships, student services, and resources. In addition to these services, they also help foster youth students set goals to complete programs, transfer, and attain certificates and degrees.
Many California University campuses also have programs specifically to support current and former foster youth. These programs include peer advisors and personal counselors and can provide academic advising, housing assistance, tutoring, mentoring, financial assistance, special accommodations for students with disabilities, counseling, social activities, and many other resources.
To identify the FYSI Liaison at a Community College or University in California, please click on the links provided below.
Elisa Beltran - Student Support Specialist
209·238·1384 or 209·338·8735 ebeltran [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org (subject: Foster%20Youth%20Services%20Question)
Victoria Gonzalez - Student Support Specialist, College Transition Services
209·238·1517 or 209·449·7920 vgonzalez [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org
Interagency Education Resource Guide - interactive online Google Document which provides information and resources to Stanislaus County agencies to ensure the educational needs of foster youth are met and their rights protected.
Glossary of Terms -Interactive online Google Document which identifies definitions for many common juvenile court, educational, and child welfare terms. It defines common acronyms and includes links to information regarding some Federal legislation and related child welfare terms. The Glossary will be updated as new terminology emerges in the field, as new legislation is enacted, and as child welfare terms take on new meaning.