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Contact Information

Kim Govi
Program Manager, Educational Liaison
(707) 399-4812
kgovi@solanocoe.net

Foster & Homeless Youth Services

Foster Youth

Overview

The 1998 Budget Act established the Foster Youth Service (FYS) Countywide Programs to serve foster youths, ages 4 to 21, living in Licensed Children's Institutions (LCIs) or group homes. The Solano Countywide Foster Youth Service Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education. Key stakeholders in Solano County formed the FYS Advisory Group by coming together with a goal of improving educational outcomes for wards and dependents of the court. Foster Youth Services collaborates with local school districts, licensed children's institutions, health and social service agencies, probation, law enforcement, youth advocates and other interested community members.

Mission

The Mission of the Solano County Office of Education, Foster Youth Services (FYS), is to provide foster youth living within Solano County with the resources needed to achieve their maximum educational potential and to support school districts by providing technical training and resources to district staff involved with supporting foster youth.


Goals

The FYS program is committed to achieving the following goals for foster youth through the identification and utilization of appropriate multi-agency services:

  • Improve youth academic achievement 
  • Improve youth attendance and reduce truancy and dropout rates 
  • Reduce incidence of pupil discipline problems and juvenile delinquency 
  • Develop a health and education passport to support eligible foster youth
  • Increase awareness and access to educational and vocational options

 

Homeless Youth

State and Local Educational Agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool program, as other children and youth. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

Mission

The Mission of the Solano County Office of Education, Homeless Youth Services (HYS), is to provide homeless youth living within Solano County with the resources needed to achieve their maximum educational potential and to support school districts with the implementation of McKinney-Vento by providing technical training and resources to district staff who support homeless youth.

Goals

The HYS program is committed to achieving the following goals: 

  • Improve youth academic achievement 
  • Improve youth attendance and reduce truancy and dropout rates 
  • Increase awareness and access to post-secondary educational and vocational options 
  • Access to social worker for wrap-around services, basic necessities and referrals to community