• Foster Youth

    Every student in our district is ensured access to the same opportunities for academic achievement and supports, including children and youth in foster care. Foster youth have educational rights established through Assembly Bills 167, 216, and 490 to help eliminate barriers to education and ensure school stability. Madera Unified strives to meet the unique educational needs of foster youth by providing advocacy and other support services designed to encourage the academic and personal success of all students in foster care.

    Why Foster Youth Services?
    Foster youth often experience multiple changes in their living arrangements, which can lead to changes in their educational placements. High mobility can potentially disrupt, or even damage, their educational growth. Because of these complexities, recent research shows that 75% of foster youth are working below grade level, 83% are held back by the third grade, and 46% will eventually drop out of high school.
    Who is Eligible for Foster Youth Services?
    • Children and youth between the ages of 4 and 21 who are:
    • In out-of-home placement or living at home, and under court supervision (WIC 300).
    • Wards placed by the court in out-of-home care (WIC 602).
    • Supervised by your county under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC).
    • Under supervision of the tribal court (ICWA).
    How Does AB 490 Support Foster Youth?
    AB 490 requires that every school district appoint a foster youth liaison to protect the educational rights of wards and dependents, ensuring they are made aware of their right to remain at the school of origin; access to academic resources; timely transfer of grades and credits, and immediate enrollment into school.

    FYSCP is available to assist districts and other agencies in understanding these requirements and to provide strategies for working with these students. FYSCP also educates school site staff, care providers, service providers, and others in the community on the educational needs and rights of foster youth.


    Rosa M. Galindo, Program Manager (Madera Unified School District-Student Services Department) Office: 559.416.5858 Direct Line: 559.416.5863 rosagalindo@maderausd.org

    Tara O’Neill Family Support Specialist MUSD (Madera High, Ripperdan Community Day School, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Lincoln, James Madison, George Washington, Howard, Madera Adult School) 559.706.0751 taraoneill@maderausd.org

    Sandra Serna Family Support Specialist MUSD (Madera South High, Furman High, Martin Luther King, Jr. Alpha Cesar Chavez Eastin Arcola La Vina Millview Parkwood Sierra Vista Virginia Lee Rose) 559.289.8600 sandraserna@maderausd.org

    Angelina Rodriguez Family Support Specialist MUSD (Matilda Torres High, Mountain Vista High, Jack G. Desmond, Berenda, Dixieland, James Monroe, Nishimoto, John J. Pershing, Madera Technical Exploration Center) 559.706.4026 angelinarodriguez@maderausd.org

    MUSD Department of Student Services 1820 Howard Road, Madera, CA 93637 (In the old Price's Building on the corner of Howard Rd and Dwyer St.) Phone Number: 559.416.5858 Fax Number: 559.661.2005

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Last Modified on April 23, 2021