Foster Youth Symposium strengthens professional network

More than 40 community professionals, including representation from the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, came together in April, to identify ways to improve the lives of foster children in the area. They met to network, exchange ideas and work proactively to enhance current programs.

They endeavored to discover areas of opportunity and cultivate awareness of the existing educational and community services available that benefit these children. This year, the symposium focused on foster youth education and the accessibility to mental health services specifically for foster children in need.

The El Dorado County Office of Education Foster Youth Services program partners with the Placerville Foster Awareness Network and the El Dorado Community Foundation to make this annual gathering possible, in addition to the work performed year-round.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these two remarkable organizations, as we all work together to provide the best possible experiences for our foster youth,” said El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers. “At EDCOE, we strive to deliver excellence in education and support the educational needs of El Dorado County’s diverse student population — because every single child deserves the opportunity and guidance to succeed.”

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The El Dorado County Office of Education supports the 15 school districts in addition to the alternative instructional and post-secondary programs of El Dorado County and endeavors to deliver educational excellence through responsible, cost-effective centralized services to meet regulatory and educational standards in a safe, successful educational environment for all children.

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