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Foster Youth Services (FYS)

Students in Transition (SIT) and Foster Youth Services (FYS) provide displaced students crucial support in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the AB 490 California law for foster youth. The McKinney-Vento legislation defines homeless as individuals "who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence." This definition includes "children and youth awaiting foster care placement." This means that youth awaiting placement with foster care are considered homeless and are covered by McKinney-Vento. For this reason there is a great deal of overlap between SIT and FYS. 
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FY, H, SE ]


FosterEd improves the educational outcomes of foster children by ensuring each is supported by an educational champion and strengthened by an education team. We connect educational champions -- typically the child's biological, foster, or adoptive parent -- with a volunteer support person who can help build the educational champion's capacity to support the child's education. If you are interested in volunteering to provide individualized support and mentoring to an educational champion, please contact us!
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Please contact us at 831-763-8997. [ A, FY, M, PS ]

FAFSA/Pell Grant

To get a Pell grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The amount depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
See Website [ A, SE ]

Fairgrounds Child Development Center (Community Bridges)

Serving children ages 3-5 years old.
2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville 95076 (831) 786-9621 [ A, DC, FN, HW, PS ]

Families in Transition (FIT)

FIT works closely with families with children throughout Santa Cruz County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Options include: One time rental assistance payments to prevent eviction or obtain housing Time limited phased rental assistance. Housing scholarships while a parent is completing a job training program. Transitional housing for up to 18 months. Shared supportive housing for parents in recovery. (831) 458-7124
210 High St Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ H, PS, SE ]

Family Court Mediation – Family Law Facilitators

Family court services. Court appointed mediators to help resolve custody issues (only available when court ordered, not to general public). Family Law Facilitators are available to the general public to help prepare legal paperwork in family law cases. Call the number provided (judge’s chambers) to be referred to the program. 420-2200 x 6 (Judge) 454-2012 (general court)
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ LS ]

Family Preservation Court (FPC)

The FPC provides treatment and supportive services to families who are involved with the Human Services Department Family and Children's Services (HSD/FCS) Division due to parental substance abuse. lynn.harrison@co.santacruz.ca.us
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ CO, HW, LS, PS ]

First 5 of Santa Cruz County

They work to ensure that family-friendly services and education are available. (831) 465-2217
4450 Capitola Rd Capitola, CA 95010 [ HW, LS, PS ]


FOOD, WHAT?! is a youth empowerment and food justice program using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and inspired teens. We partner with low-income and at-risk youth to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food and address food justice issues in our community.
See Website [ A, FN, HW, M, SE ]

For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay

We assist with mostly one-time critical needs for those from ages birth through twenty. Typically, our applicants need medical, dental, vision or educational assistance. All applications are brought to the Board of Directors for consideration. Our Board consists of those in professions of education, children's attorney, neo-natal pediatrics, social work and nutrition for women, children and infants. We are an all-volunteer organization making a difference in our community one child at a time.
P.O. Box 891, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, Q, REC ]

Friday Night Live (County Drug and Alcohol)

The California Friday Night Live (FNL) Program was developed in 1984 in Sacramento by theCalifornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). It began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. During the first years of the program the youth involved were organized into high school-based student action groups, later renamed FNL Chapters. The success rate was so great that in 1988, ADP established a statewide office to facilitate the expansion of the program to youth throughout California. By 1990, the number of counties with the FNL Program had increased 300% and the main focus of the program began to shift from one of preventing drinking and driving among teens to one of promoting healthy lifestyles free of alcohol, tobacco, or other substance abuse among youth.
1400 Emeline Ave, Bldg K Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite 101 Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC, SS ]