Foster Youth

The Shasta County Office of Education’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) provides support to foster youth and districts through guidance and inter-agency collaboration around school permanency, enrollment and streamlined school transitions with the outcome of increasing academic success for students in foster care.

The collaborative integrates community resources for families and provides children opportunities for real permanence; promotes a safe, stable, healthy, nurturing environment enabling children to flourish and become independent, productive adults making responsible choices.


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Cynthia Vengley
Family & Youth Support Coordinator
Youth Support Services

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Cheryl Harlow
Program Assistant
Youth Support Services

Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program

Shasta County Office of Education Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, through a memorandum of understanding, works with Health and Human Services to provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care.

Shasta County Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program Partners

  • All Shasta County School Districts
  • Children and Family Services
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Shasta County Probation
  • Independent Living Program
  • Foster Family Agencies
  • California Department of Education
  • Youth Options Shasta
  • California Youth Connection

Foster Youth Executive Advisory Council

The Foster Youth Executive Advisory Council includes representatives from Shasta County Child Welfare Agency, Probation, local educational agencies, local post-secondary educational institutions, and community organizations. The function of the Council is to prioritize the funding, services and efforts of the program and, on a quarterly basis review the progress of foster youth services coordinating plan.

Executive Advisory Members

  • Shasta County Probation, Juvenile Services
  • Shasta County Mental Health
  • Shasta County Children and Family Services
  • Shasta County Special Education Local Plan Agency (SELPA)
  • Shasta Union High School District Foster Youth Liaison
  • Gateway Unified Foster Youth Liaison
  • Victor Youth Services Group Home Executive Director
  • Shasta Community College Foster Youth Program
  • Shasta County Foster Youth Services Coordination Program Coordinator

Current Legislation - Ed Code

Assembly Bill 490, signed into law in 2004, and other more recent legislation, mandates certain provisions including requiring school districts to designate a foster youth liaison, provide timelines for school enrollment and student record transfers, and build advocacy with foster youth. We have provided resources for districts, foster parents and foster youth.

Assembly Bill 854, commencing with the 2015–16 fiscal year, and for each fiscal year thereafter, the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, to be administered by the Superintendent, as specified, to coordinate and ensure that local educational agencies within its jurisdiction are providing services to foster youth pupils pursuant to a foster youth services coordinating plan with the purpose of ensuring positive educational outcomes.

Assembly Bill 854

Assembly Bill 854 is legislation that was signed into law October 2015. It defines the work of the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Programs and amended Education Code.

Read the Legislation

an act to amend Sections 42920.5, 42921, 42923, and 42924 of, to add Section 42926 to, to repeal Section 42922 of, and to repeal and add Sections 42920 and 42925 of the Education Code.

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