Foster and McKinney-Vento Program
Helping Students and Families
All youth should have the opportunity for educational success, no matter what their housing or family situation may be. The Foster Youth and McKinney-Vento Program within Student Services at Downey Unified School District strives to provide every student with a 21st Century education through the utilization of comprehensive services that address attendance, maximize educational achievements, enhance social-emotional well-being, and include all stakeholders.
Our department’s goal is to provide comprehensive services that will assist the student in achieving a successful and rewarding educational experience in Downey Unified School District. Our program personnel work in collaboration with school personnel and community service agencies in an effort to maximize access to various educational, social and enrichment programs which promote academic success and student achievement.
Meet Our Team
(562) 469-6500 ext. 4491
- Downey High School (Foster Youth Only)
- Gallatin Elementary School
- Rio Hondo Elementary School
- Rio San Gabriel Elementary School
- Sussman Middle School
(562) 469-6500 ext. 2118
- Alameda Elementary School
- Carpenter ElementarySchool
- Doty Middle School
- Gauldin Elementary School
- Imperial Elementary
- Stauffer Middle School
- Warren High School (Foster Youth Only)
(562) 469-6500 ext. 2150
- Downey High School (McKinney-Vento Students Only)
- Griffiths Middle School
- Old River Elementary School
- Price Elementary School
- Ward Elementary School
- Williams Elementary School
Charlee Bracy (substitute)
- Columbus High School
- Lewis Elementary School
- Unsworth Elementary School
- Warren High School (McKinney-Vento Only)
- PACE Non Public School
Who is considered foster youth:
A youth who is a court dependent under WIC 300 § (Welfare and Institution Code) and has an open DCFS case.
They may be in:
- Out-of-Home Care (with a relative or foster home/group home)/Family Reunification (FR) and/or Permanent Placement (PP) services OR
- Home of Parent/Family Maintenance (FM) services
Under Assembly Bill 490, foster youth are entitled to the following:
- School Stability
- Immediate Enrollment
- School of Origin
- Timely Transfer of Records
- Partial Credits
It was the intent of this bill that with these safeguards in place, these youths would have an increased likelihood of obtaining their high school diploma and be better prepared to pursue post-secondary college and career opportunities.
Alliance for Children’s Rights
Advocates for children, young adults, and families impacted by foster care, so that they can access the support and services they need to thrive.
Helping kids in foster care reach their full potential.
Department of Children & Family Services
DCFS works to protect children against abuse and/or neglect, find permanent homes for foster children and to educate the public.
Hotline: (800) 540-4000
Independent Living Program
In some circumstances this may be the best option.
View poster for more information.
Foster Youth Bill of Rights Poster
A guide to your rights in foster care.
View the poster
What is the McKinney-Vento Program?
Who is eligible?
You may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act if you live in any of the following situations:
- Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- In a shelter
- Rent a room in another person’s house
- In a converted garage
- In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
- In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
If your living situation has changed or is unstable, please complete the following Housing Questionnaire and one of our program specialists will follow up with you.
LACOE Homeless Education Program
Coordinates and provides training and services to its 80 school district staff throughout LA County, to address the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and help with any issues a homeless student may be experiencing with enrollment and attending in school.
The Whole Child
This is the leading agency to address homelessness with families in the southeast Los Angeles County area (SPA 7) by providing housing assistance, where criteria is met.
Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA)
School House Connection
Shower of Hope
News & Announcements
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