About Foster Youth Services & Homeless Education
Our Foster Youth Services Program is designed to improve academic achievement, promote graduation rates, reduce discipline and behavior problems, and increase attendance rates among foster youth. These services are needed in Del Norte County because over 75% of foster youth students'work is below grade level, nearly 40% of foster youth are retained at lease one year in school, over 25% of foster students qualify for special education services (compared to 10% of general population) and students in the foster care syste have typically moved more than once a year and have attended 9-10 different schools before they turn 18.
Our Homeless Youth Program students are entitled to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to non-homeless students. Schools are required to remove barriers to the enrollment, attendance, and academic success of homeless students. Many homeless families in Del Norte County do not realize they are considered homeless. Students between the ages of 0 and 22, who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime reseidence, and; has a primary nighttime residence that is a shelter designated to providing temporary living accommodations, living in a car, park, abandoned building, temporarily in a trailer park or camping area, doubled-up with another family due to loss of housing, abandoned at a hospital, is placed by the state in an emergency shelter due to lack of alternative housing, is abandoned,or a runaway/throwaway youth are considered homeless. If any of these apply, please contact our Homeless Liaison at 707-464-0722 or contact your child's school office for more information.
If you feel you qualify for the Homeless Program, please fill out this Housing Questionaire and return it to your child's school. Once the school verifies that you qualify, you will be sent a second form, Eligibity Queations for Students, to fill out and return to the school.