Students in Transition / Foster Youth Services
Students in Transition (SIT) and Foster Youth Services (FYS) provide displaced students crucial support in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the AB 490 California law for foster youth. The McKinney-Vento legislation defines homeless as individuals "who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence." This definition includes "children and youth awaiting foster care placement." This means that youth awaiting placement with foster care are considered homeless and are covered by McKinney-Vento. For this reason there is a great deal of overlap between SIT and FYS.
When providing services and/or placement to students in foster care and students in transition, the guiding principal is to keep the youth's best interests as the top priority. This prioritization often includes a speedy, hassle-free placement of the youth in school and home, even if not all accompanying paperwork is present.
It is the desire of the SCCOE's Foster Youth Services and Students in Transition programs to emphasize inter-agency collaboration for efficient and timely action as it pertains to supporting and serving the appropriate youth. Below you will find links to resources that are pertinent for both SIT and FYS. There are additional, program-specific resources located on separate pages for FYS and SIT.
Universal Links and Resources - FYS and SIT
Visit the National Center for Homeless Education website for a comprehensive list of publications and resources, including:
- Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services: Do's and Don'ts for Local Liaisons and School Districts
- Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act
- Prompt and Proper Placement: Enrolling Students without Records