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Effective Collaborations Focused on Youth in Care Facilitator: Jacqueline Thu-Huong Wong, MSW, PPSC CDE Effective Collaborations Focused on Youth in Care Facilitator: Jacqueline Thu-Huong Wong, MSW, PPSC CDE Foster Youth Services Panelists Carrie Bloxom, Kern County System of Care , DREAM Center : Betsy De. Garmoe, LCSW, PPSC, OC DOE Foster Youth Services Michelle Lustig, MSW, Ed. D. , San Diego COE Foster Youth Services Carrie Miller, Ph. D. , Los Angeles Education Coordinating Council

Need for Services Many foster youth…. • Function below the grade level • Move Need for Services Many foster youth…. • Function below the grade level • Move at least once a year and/or attend multiple schools • Qualify for special education services, but high mobility interferes with timely and appropriate school placement • 50% of foster youth do not graduate from high school • 40% of homeless youth were in foster care

Kern County Dream Center Collaboration with public, private and non-profit industry Comprehensive approach to Kern County Dream Center Collaboration with public, private and non-profit industry Comprehensive approach to supportive services Academic Mentoring-Project D. R. E. A. M. Employment Opportunities (WIA) Dream Team & Youth Advocates Greater community outreach & awareness

Orange County Office of Education • • • Partnership with Orangewood Children's Foundation Leveraged Orange County Office of Education • • • Partnership with Orangewood Children's Foundation Leveraged resources to develop comprehensive program K-12 and beyond Work with Foster Youth Success Initiative Community College partners Collaborative College Fair foster youth on 9/26/09 at Orange Coast College – over 100 youth came and 7 colleges participated Collaborating with trade schools, ROP, adult ed programs

San Diego County Office of Education • • Regional Collaboratives Interagency Agreement Foster Youth-Student San Diego County Office of Education • • Regional Collaboratives Interagency Agreement Foster Youth-Student Information System Tutor Connection College Connection Advisory Council and Events School Success Project FYSAC/CCYF ED Committee Foster Youth Mentor Program

LA Education Coordinating Council • Raising Educational Achievement for Foster and Probation Youth in LA Education Coordinating Council • Raising Educational Achievement for Foster and Probation Youth in Los Angeles • Established by the County Board of Supervisors • Strong focus on leveraging resources • Streamlining services and communication

Contact Information Jacqueline Wong, MSW, PPSC Consultant CDE Foster Youth Services E-mail: jawong@cde. ca. Contact Information Jacqueline Wong, MSW, PPSC Consultant CDE Foster Youth Services E-mail: [email protected] ca. gov Phone: (916) 327 -5930 Website: http: //www. cde. ca. gov/ls/pf/fy

Contact Information Continued Carrie Bloxom-Program Manager, Kern County Foster Youth Services cabloxom@kern. org 661. Contact Information Continued Carrie Bloxom-Program Manager, Kern County Foster Youth Services [email protected] org 661. 636. 4488 www. kcnc. org/fys Olivia Villareal-Youth Advocate, Dream Center & Coffee House [email protected] org 661. 636. 4488 http: //kcsos. kern. org/dreamcenter Betsy De. Garmoe, LCSW, PPSC [email protected] k 12. ca. us 714 -835 -4909 x 6438/(F) 714 -939 -6312

Contact Information Continued Michelle Lustig, MSW, Ed. D. Mlustig@sdcoe. net http: //www. sdcoe. net/ssp/support/fys/? Contact Information Continued Michelle Lustig, MSW, Ed. D. [email protected] net http: //www. sdcoe. net/ssp/support/fys/? loc=home (P) 858 -503 -2628 (F) 858 -503 -2636 Carrie Miller, Ph. D. [email protected] lacounty. gov http: //www. educationcoordinatingcouncil. org/ (213) 974 -5967