Foster Youth Services
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Welcome to Foster Youth Services
The San Francisco Foster Youth Services Program (FYS) strives to address the unique educational needs of foster youth by working collaboratively with youth, caregivers, schools, placing agencies, and other service providers.  Our website is a resource for collaborative partners to support the academic achievement of foster youth; enhancing their overall success.

SFUSD Celebrates National Foster Care Month in May

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people nationwide to focus attention on the year-round needs of youth in foster care and encourage more people to get involved in their lives. We celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of the 75,000 children in California's foster care system. More information on National Foster Care Month. Typically, SFCSD Foster Youth Services events occur in May:

  • Foster Care Awareness Day – Go Blue for Foster Youth - Millions of people “go blue”, to stand in solidarity with those who have been impacted by foster care and show their support for the 402,000 youth in foster care in the United States. SFUSD staff, students, families/caregivers, and community participants wore blue, decorated school or sites blue, and used the #goblueday on social media. 
  • Foster Youth Services End-of-Year Celebration – Celebrates SFUSD students for demonstrating their commitment to their educational success and acknowledging nominated caregivers and service providers that have done exemplary work in supporting the permanency and/or educational needs of SFUSD foster youth students.

OASIS | Resources | RSVP for Event (by May 4) | Website

 SF Guardian Scholars Summer Academy's Orientation

The Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is a 6-week program from June 11-July 20, designed to prepare students for a smooth transition to college and career by participating in a CCSF College Success class and job readiness workshops. Mandatory Orientation Meetings are April 18 & May 10. Contact FYS if you have any questions regarding our Summer Academy for Foster Youth - 415-242-2615. Application | Flyer

 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Thank you to all the counselors, case managers and support staff who took the time to update FYS about their FAFSA applications. Although SFUSD did not win the $1,000.00 prize, we are encouraging our Foster Youth Seniors to continue to fill out FAFSA applications prior to the May 2, 2018 deadline.  FAFSA applicants will still be included in the scholarship drawing. Please contact FYS if you have any questions at 415-242-2615. Original flyer.

 Independent Living Skills Program Calendar

Please refer to our SF Independent Living Skills Program Calendar for events supporting our Foster Youth.

 “Our Community, Our Children” Campaign materials

Help promote the need for San Francisco foster and adoptive parents in your community!  Visit our Media Center to download and print “Our Community, Our Children” foster/adoptive parent campaign materials from the FYS website.

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps

Great news to share! School Health Programs, SFCSD, has been awarded a three year grant from the California Volunteers to launch Healthy Choices AmeriCorps California. School Health Programs will guide Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members who will work directly with schools to support the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), school climate activities such as one-to-one and small group mentoring, social emotional learning activities, peacemaking circles, volunteer and family engagement, as well as other structured group activities. Foster Youth Services is a participating program. Learn more.

Foster Care Story Offers Opportunity in Trying Times

Read a story on foster care published in the Oakland Tribune about the heroes who provide support to children during the toughest days of their lives. Read the story.

Connecting Foster Youth to Career Development Opportunities in SFUSD New Ways to Work has developed a guide book for use by San Francisco foster youth, caregivers, social workers and other service providers to assist foster youth in learning more about the career opportunities that exist in SFUSD high schools. 

In addition, New Ways to Work has developed a guide book for career development opportunities in California high schools.  This guidebook also provides checklists that outline the steps in getting connected.

San Francisco Guidebook (pdf) | California Guidebook (pdf)

Foster Care Legislative Updates

  • Foster Care Benefits Extended To Age 21
    The Governor has signed a monumental piece of legislation extending Foster Care benefits and services to age 21. Read AB 12 Provisions and Other Recent Legislation
  • Fostering Connections Resource Center
    The Fostering Connections Resource Center has been created by a consortium of foundations to provide timely and reliable tools and information on all aspects of the federal law, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.  The Fostering Connections Resource Center includes a Web site ( providing data on all aspects of the law and customized tools.
  • Foster Ed Connect is a free online community and resource clearinghouse for all people helping children and youth in California's foster care system succeed in school (a project of the California Foster Youth Education Task Force).

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Educational Rights Policy

AB 490 provides foster youth educational rights dictated by the best interests of the youth
Learn more about AB490.


Plan 3 Graduation Requirements AB167/AB216
AB 167/AB216 provides modified graduation requirements for eligible foster youth.
Learn more
about AB167/AB216


Foster Youth Services

Student, Family and Community Support DepartmentSan Francisco Unified School District