Foster Youth Services
Student, Family, and Community Support Department Student, Family and Community Support DepartmentSan Francisco Unified School District







Programs and Services

Schools can be an important source of stability for children in foster care. Short- and long-term benefits can be found when youth feel supported and successful in their educational achievements. The Foster Youth Services Program (FYS) offers a range of programs and services to support the specific needs of foster youth students.

Foster/Adopt Our SF Youth
(Featured Program)
SFUSD FYS is committed to increasing the school stability for foster youth students. The goal of the outreach campaign is to provide foster youth more stable, permanent living arrangements, thereby increasing their ability to perform well in school. Please Contact Us for more information on fostering/adopting a San Francisco youth. Learn more about the Foster/Adopt Our SF Youth Program.

Immediate Enrollment and Transfer of Records
When applying for enrollment in SFUSD, foster youth will receive priority to ensure they are enrolled immediately and have their educational records transferred within two days.


Foster Youth Services Liaison
At every SFUSD school, a site-based FYS Liaison serves as the single point of contact for FYS services at their assigned school. FYS Liaisons are responsible for facilitating communication between school staff and the youth’s care providers. Through the Student Assistance Program, the FYS Liaison will also monitor academic status, provide/prioritize referrals, and provide other related services for foster youth at their site.

SFUSD FYS subcontracts with Bay Area Educational Institute to provide weekly individualized tutoring to foster youth students. Foster youth are first referred to the following program prior to participation in FYS’ supplemental tutoring.

  • SFUSD ExCEL After School Programs
    Provides tutoring and homework assistance on-site in SFUSD schools during program hours. ExCEL ASP gives priority registration to foster youth.

To learn more, or to request tutoring:


Educational Case Management
Graduate level MSW interns provide individual and group interventions with foster youth students, participate in foster care events, attend school and other collaborative meetings, and consult with multidisciplinary team members.
2015-16 MSW Intern Program Overview pdf

Guardian Scholars Summer Academy
The Summer Academy is six-week program designed to prepare students for a smooth transition from high school to college. Students attend City College of San Francisco and receive high school and college credits for participating in courses related to college success and career exploration. The program provides free tuition, meals, books, supplies, and transportation passes.

FYS Juvenile Detention Program
The FYS-JD program is a sub program of FYS and is designed to support academic achievement for foster youth students residing in juvenile detention facilities or transitioning to/from a facility. Contact us to learn more about this program.

FYS Mentoring for Success Program
FYS Mentoring for Success is a school based one-to-one mentoring program specific to foster youth students. The program is designed to build student assets, strengthen permanent relationships, and increase connections to school. 2015-16 Mentoring School Sites include:

  • Elementary Schools
    Bret Harte, Bryant, Buena Vista/Horace Mann, Daniel Webster, GW Carver, Dr. William Cobb, El Dorado, Fairmount, Flynn, John Muir, Longfellow, Hillcrest, Malcolm X, Paul Revere, Rosa Parks, Starr King, Sheridan, Tenderloin
  • Middle Schools
    Aptos, Bessie Carmichael, Buena Vista/Horace Mann, James Denman, Everett, Francisco, AP Gianni, Herbert Hoover, ISA MS, Martin Luther King, James Lick, Marina, Presidio, Roosevelt, Visitation Valley
  • High Schools
    Academy of Arts & Sciences, Hilltop, ISA HS, Mission, O’Connell, Thurgood Marshall, SF International, SOTA


Team Decision Making Consultation
School staff are invited to provide updates on how the student is doing in school and to strategize interventions in school that may support the current home placement or provide stability during a transition to a new home and/or school. Learn More.


Professional Development
FYS Staff and community partners are available to provide professional development for school site staff, care providers, service providers and others on the educational needs of foster youth. View FYS Professional Develpment Summary (pdf).



Foster Youth Services  

Student, Family and Community Support DepartmentStudent Support Services Department - San Francisco Unified School District