On Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Hartnell College’s Steinbeck Hall, the Monterey County Office of Education and the Monterey County Department of Family and Children's Services hosted the first Monterey County Foster Youth Education Summit to work to improve the educational success of Monterey County's foster youth. Workshops were held for current and former foster youth on self-advocacy, and presentation skills, and two workshops taught agency/collaborative participants on best practices for collaboration and the need for school stability through placement changes. Sade Daniels, an award winning poet, foster care activist, and author was the keynote speaker.
Monterey County is home to over four hundred foster children and youth. Children and youth who are growing up in the foster care system face unique challenges and are in need of many support systems as they grow. They are often moved from place to place and do not have a secure family support structure. National and statewide research shows that a high percentage of children who are removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system experience both short and long term challenges in school. Traumatic histories of abuse and neglect compounded by frequent changes in foster care placements contribute to issues in the classroom and/or reduced academic achievement.
To participate in future Monterey County Foster Youth Summits, please contact the Monterey County Office of Education's Foster Youth Coordinator at 831-784-4227.