Alternative Education Contact Info
Main phone #: (831) 466-5728
Alternative Education Program Pages
Student & Personnel Services: Alternative Education
Foster Youth Services (FYS) Resources and Links
Foster Youth Liaisons, 2015-2016
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
Placing AgenciesFamily 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
A smaller number of foster youth have a probation officer as their primary link to the court
Counseling ServicesChildren’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
195 Harvey West Blvd
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Encompass is one of the largest contractors with county providing mental health services.
Higher EducationUCSC Smith Renaissance Society
Email: Corinne Miller, STARS Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
This program offers a variety of assistance to foster youth from scholarships to mentoring to hosting events.
State ContactsCalifornia 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 InformationCASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
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