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Student & Personnel Services: Alternative Education

Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) Resources and Links

Foster Youth Liaisons, 2017-2018

School District Name Phone Fax Email

Live Oak

Jennifer Ciervo

475-6333 x209


Pajaro Valley Unified

Richard Puente



San Lorenzo Valley Unified

Sandi Reimer

336-9678 x114

Santa Cruz City

Eileen Brown

429-3410 x216


Santa Cruz COE

Michael Paynter



Scotts Valley Unified

Sharlene Ames

438-1820 x102


Soquel Union Elementary

Lurena Brusker



Bonny Doon Union Elem

Stephanie Siddens


Happy Valley Elem

Michelle McKinny



Mountain Elementary

Diane Morgenstern

475-6812 x12


Pacific Elementary

Eric Gross


Children's Law Center of California

Foster Youth Rights Brochure

Become a Foster Parent in Santa Cruz County

Support for Resource Parents

Placing Agencies

Family and Children’s Services-Child Protective Services
To Report Child Abuse - 24 hours A Day Please Call: 831.454.2273
1400 Emeline Avenue - Santa Cruz - 831.454.4222
12 West Beach Street - Watsonville - 831.763.8850
The majority of foster youth have social workers via this agency as their primary link to the court

Santa Cruz County Juvenile Probation Department
Juvenile Probation Department
3650 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA 95018-9571
Phone: 831.454.3800
Fax: 831.454.3827
A smaller number of foster youth have a probation officer as their primary link to the court

Counseling Services

Children’s Mental Health
The Access Team
800.952.233 or 831.454.4900
1400 Emeline Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or
12 West Beach St
Watsonville, CA 95076
Many foster youth have or are eligible for counseling with Children’s Mental Health.

Encompass Community Services
Phone: 831.469.1700
195 Harvey West Blvd
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Encompass is one of the largest contractors with county providing mental health services.

Higher Education

UCSC Smith Renaissance Society
Phone: 831.459.2552
This program offers a variety of assistance to foster youth from scholarships to mentoring to hosting events.

State Contacts

California Department of Education – Foster Youth Services
This site hosts the state office concerning foster youth and education which oversees k-12 county and district liaisons as well as AB490.

California Community Colleges
This is a fairly new initiative supporting foster youth at every community college in the state with a designated advocate. See the link for the full list.

Legal and Advocacy Information

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Telephone: 831.761.2956
Fax Number: 831.761.2913
Address 294 Green Valley Road, Suite 326
Watsonville, CA 95076
Many foster youth have a CASA worker. They are often the best, most consistent advocate the foster youth can have.

California Youth Connection
California Youth Connection (CYC) is a statewide youth run organization for former and current foster youth ages 14 to 24. CYC uses the voice of foster youth to advocate for change in the foster care system.

Foster Care Ombudsman
If you are experiencing any difficulties or problems, contact the Foster Care Ombudsman. This person will help you with the various agencies. This is also an excellent site for a multitude of other resources.

Foster Care Help Line
You can also call the Foster Care Helpline. Their toll free number is 1.877.846.1602

Santa Cruz County Office of Education  |  400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  |  831.466.5600  |  Fax: 831.466.5607
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides quality educational programs and services to a diverse community.