Homeless and Foster Youth

ABC's At-Risk Youth Achievement Program

ABC Unified School District offers additional educational services and supports to our at-risk students. Some of these supports may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation assistance
  • Enrollment assistance
  • Hygeine Kits
  • Tutoring
  • Fee waivers
  • Counseling support
  • Backpacks and other school supplies
  • Help with graduation requirements
  • Access to higher education (college supports)

McKinney-Vento Act

All school-aged children are entitled to the same free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Schools are required to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance, and academic success of at-risk youth.

Homeless Youth

A "homeless" student is defined as one between 0-22 years of age who lacks fixed, adequate, and regular night time residence. Some situations may include:

  • Sharing housing with another family due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live
  • Living in a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, or similar setting
  • Abandoned or runaway youth

Foster Youth

A "foster" student is defined as any child who is subject of a juvenile delinquency court petition and has been removed from his/her home by the court and placed into foster care under a "suitable placement" order. This includes youth who have been placed in foster homes, group homes, or a relatives home.

Also check out the attachment on this page for USC's tele-health flyer that offers free counseling services to foster youth and families.


There are numerous legal requirements that a school and school district must take to ensure equal opportunity for homeless and foster youth.


Please see a member of the CHS Wellness Team, or your counselor if you have concerns about housing or think you may qualify for the At-Risk Youth Achievement Program.

Additional Resources

The Whole Child (562) 692-0383

  • An agency that can support families with housing assistance. Family must be referred and an appointment must be made.

CASA Youth Shelter (800) 914-2272

  • An short-term emergency that takes in youth ages 12-17 that are homeless or in crisis. The goal of CASA Youth Shelter is family reunification. Located in Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach. An intake process is mandatory.

Cal Fresh (866) 613-3777

  • Food stamps for low-income families

Cerritos College - Foster & Kinship Care (562) 860-2451

  • Free parenting classes and workshops for foster parents, caretakers, relatives, and foster teens. Classes are offered during the day, evenings, and on Saturdays. Call for more information.
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