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Foster and Homeless Supports

Supporting Students in Foster Care

Students in foster care must have access to the same academic resources, services, and extracurricular and enrichment activities that are available to all students. All educational and school placement decisions are made by the Educational Rights Holder in consultation with other parties and must be based on the child’s best interests and consider, among other factors, educational stability and the least restrictive educational setting necessary to achieve academic progress. We are here to help students through transitions and ensure stable and supportive educational access. 

Foster Youth Rights and Services

Foster youth have the right to remain in their “school of origin”.  This includes the previous school, the school you attended in your last permanent placement, or any other school to which a student felt connected within the last 15 months.  Foster youth can immediately enroll and start school even if some records, such as immunization records or transcripts are not available at the time of enrollment. 

Homeless Youth Rights & Services

Under federal law, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Homelessness comes in many forms, and the McKinney-Vento definition includes:  Youth who are sharing housing due to economic hardship; youth who live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, and shelters; youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned building, bus stations, or similar settings. McKinney-Vento qualified students have the right to remain in their school of origin and are entitled to immediate enrollment, even if some records such as immunization records or transcripts are not available at the time of enrollment.  

The Vacaville Unified School District  Foster & Homeless Youth Liaison is available to assist with school enrollment, school placement, educational issues and will work with families to address any barriers that students may be facing. 

Additional Supports & Services

Additional services may also be available to foster and homeless youth: 

  • assistance with school supplies
  • basic needs such as clothing and hygiene items
  • transportation
  • free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school
  • fee waivers
  • assistance with school record transfers
  • adjusted credit requirements for graduation

The Foster & Homeless Youth Liaison or School Counselor can help determine which services and supports may be available to help you be successful in school.

Foster and Homeless Youth Liaison

Vacaville Unified School District has a Foster & Homeless Youth Liaison who is available to assist foster youth, students without permanent housing, and their families with school enrollment, school placement, and other educational issues.  

Foster Liaison

Foster & Homeless Youth Liaison

Rae Ann Quinata
(707) 453-6137
RaeannQ@Vacavilleusd.org

Foster Care Fact Sheet

cove page for California Foster Yourth