Homeless and Foster Youth

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All youth should have the opportunity for educational success, no matter what their housing or family situation may be. The School Ties program promotes this success through advocacy, mentoring, tutoring, and assistance with the transition to independent living.

Services Provided:

  • Educational Case Management
  • Assistance with Records Transfer
  • Enrollment Assistance
  • Special Education Advocacy
  • Transportation Arrangement
  • Provision of School Supplies
  • Health and Education Passports
  • Tutoring and Mentoring

Foster Youth are children who have been taken from the home of their biological parents due to abuse, neglect, or any situation which makes it unsafe for them to remain in their parents' care.

While some foster youth are adopted into stable, loving homes, many more are placed into a series of temporary living situations, including short-term care, respite care, and group homes. This instability tends to severely impact student achievement. It is estimated that each time a student switches school mid-year, they are set back a semester or more in their studies.

School Ties offers a variety of services for foster youth, including tutoring, mentoring, case management and educational advocacy. Please contact us for assistance with any Butte County foster education issue.


California Foster Care Education Law Factsheets
Foster Youth Toolkit
California Department of Education Resources
California Foster Youth Education Task Force
California Youth Connection
Tutor Request Form
Butte County California Youth Connection (CYC) Facebook

Foster Youth EPA: Notification, Stability, & Transportation Plan


Meagan Meloy - Director
Phone: (530) 879-3781
Fax: (530) 879-2341


Marybeth Slaughter - Case Manager, Foster Youth                                            Phone: (530) 879-7480

Angelica Perez - Case Manager,   Foster Youth
Phone: (530) 891-3409

Homeless students are defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Act as youth who "lack a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence."

This includes:

    Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
    Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds
    Living in emergency transitional shelters or domestic violence shelters
    Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, etc.
    Unaccompanied youth and runaways homeless studentCongress has specified that students in homeless situations should have access to the same education and opportunities offered to other students.

    They are legally entitled to stay in their school of origin, even if they temporarily move out of their home district.

    They are also entitled to:
      Transportation to and from their school of origin
      Immediate enrollment in any public school
      Free school lunch
      Dispute resolution with a district-appointed homeless liaison

Butte County 211 - Local Resources
National Center for Homeless Education
California Department of Education Resources Request Services
Posters for Schools/ En Espanol
School Training Video
Stories of Homelessness by Butte County Youth


Meagan Meloy - Director
Phone: (530) 879-3781
Fax: (530) 879-2341


Adrianne Watkins
- Case Manager, Homeless Education
Phone: (530) 879-3782


Tiffany Danger
- Case Manager, Homeless Education
Phone: (530) 879-3994


Josh Indar - Tutoring Coordinator
Phone: (530) 879-3780