San Mateo County Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program 


The Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP) is a program designed to serve the unique educational needs of children in foster care. Through our partnership with San Mateo Human Services agency, we seek to serve all foster youth as defined under EDC 48853.5

FYSCP ensures that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. FYSCP seeks to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, increasing the stability of placements for foster youth.


This site is specifically designed for San Mateo resource parents, social workers, short-term Residential Treatment Program (STRTP) providers, CASAs, and shelter-care staff in San Mateo County to provide information and resources to support our foster youth's education. 

Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program is a program of the California Department of Education, resulting from Assembly Bill (AB) 854, effective 2016. Our program seeks to improve educational outcomes for foster youth by establishing a level of collaboration and communication between schools, social service agencies, and foster youth caretakers that previously did not exist. 

Educational Liaisons provide the following services:

  • Consultation regarding educational issues
  • Gather educational records
  • Participate in meetings related to education 
  • Advocate for foster youth and their families on educational issues
  • Assist with educational transitions
  • Provide resources and referrals
  • Provide training to local education agencies, STRTPs, social services, probation on educational issues affecting foster youth and other community partners 

The Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program in San Mateo County is a partnership between 51勛圖 and Human Services Agency and works in collaboration with multiple agencies and non-profit organizations across our county. 

District Foster Youth Education Liaisons

Bayshore Elementary Erin Haley  Director of Student Services  415-467-5443 x 210
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary Julie Eastburn Foster Youth Liaison 650-637-4800 x1061
Brisbane Elementary Aida Wong Gamba Assistant to Superintendent 415-467-0550 x 105
Burlingame Elementary Darren Lee  District Behaviorist 
Cabrillo Unified James Barne Director, Student Services  650-525-6364
Hillsborough City Elementary Bhavna Narula Director of Student Services  650-548-4211
Jefferson Elementary Stephanie Martinez Program Director of Student Services 650-991-1000
Jefferson Union High Melissa Ambrose  Wellness Coordinator  (415) 498-0231
La Honda-Pescadero Unified Amy Wooliever Superintendent 650-879-0286
Las Lomitas Elementary Robin Spindler Director, Special Education/Student Services 650-854-1215
Menlo Park City Elementary Chris Arrington Wellness Coordinator/Mental Health Lead 650-464-3673
Millbrae Elementary Terry Brenner Director of Educational and Administrative Services  650-697-5693
Pacifica John Bartfield Director of Special Education and Student Services  650-738-6607
Portola Valley Elementary Lynette Hovland Principal 650 851-1777
Ravenswood City Elementary Jennifer Gravem Executive Director of Student Services  650.329.2800
Redwood City Elementary Antonio Perez Director of Student Services and Assessment 650-482-2457
San Bruno Park Elementary Anjelica Zermeno Director of Educational Services  650-624-3111
San Carlos Elementary Meagan Vizier Student Services Director  650-508-7333 x943
San Mateo Union High Don Scatena Director Attendance/Welfare 650-558-2258
San Mateo-Foster City Suzi Riley  Coordinator, Student Services

Sequoia Union High School District Jarrett Dooley Director of Student Services 650 369-1411 x 22389
South San Francisco Unified Ryan Sebers Director of Student Services 650-877-8744
Woodside Elementary Marta Grau Batlle Student Services Director  650-851-1571 Ext. 4007
SMCOE Foster Youth Services Program Renee Vorrises Educational Liaison 650-802-5436
SMCOE Foster Youth Services Program Rosanna Anderson Educational Liaison


SMCOE Foster Youth Services Program Lauren Sneed Educational Liaison 


SMCOE Foster Youth Services Program Thashmika Singh Administrative Assistant 



Executive Advisory Council


Foster Youth Site and District Liaisons are invited to attend the Executive Advisory Council with the SMCOE FYSCP, Youth Experiencing Homelessness team, and San Mateo County's community partners. We meet every other month, on Thursdays, from 9am-11am.

Meeting Dates:

Sep 21, 2023
Nov 16, 2023
Jan 18, 2024 
Mar 21, 2024 
May 16, 2024 


Education Success Information

The Ed Success Handbook is the product of the Ed Success Working Group, a partnership working to ensure the educational needs of San Mateo County's dependent youth are met. The Ed Success Working Group is composed of staff from Foster Youth Services, Children and Family Services, CASA of San Mateo County, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Legal Advocates for Children and Youth. 

This guide serves to give caretakers, social workers. and probation officers an overview of key information to support our foster youth educationally. Statistically, foster youth have unique challenges as they move through their years of K-12 education, especially those that result from multiple school placements due to changing home placements. The links to Foster Ed Connect (our statewide foster youth website) provide a wide array of resources if you wish to research any of these topics in more detail. Keep in mind that you will need to register (free) with Foster Ed Connect to access the information on that site. 


College Planning Handbook

This section is designed to provide basic information for assisting youth planning to attend college after high school. It is important to remember that each plan is unique and that colleges vary in their requirements and application process, so choosing a school early on and connecting with that specific school is most important. Also, identify someone who will be an education advocate and who will encourage and assist the student with the process.

Much of the information provided is available through ,  and various other websites included at the end of this section for the reader's reference.


Mary McGrath

Executive Director, Safe and Supportive Schools


Phone: (650) 802-5425

Rosanna Anderson, MSW, PPS

Educational Liaison,
Foster Youth Services


Phone: (650) 802-5435

Renee Vorrises, MSW, PPS

Educational Liaison,
Foster Youth Services


Phone: (650) 802-5436

Lauren Sneed

School Counselor/Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program -Hillcrest, Kemp, Canyon Oaks and Community School


Phone: (650) 312-5323

Thashmika Singh

Administrative Assistant II


Phone: (650) 802-5424