Homeless and Foster Services
Even if you have uncertain housing, a temporary address, or no permanent physical address, we guarantee your child's enrollment in school as mandated by the federal McKinney-Vento Act and California state law.
Who is considered homeless?
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homeless children and youth as those who:
- Lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds.
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, or other unsheltered spaces.
- Unaccompanied Youth
- Awaiting foster care placement.
Homeless children and youth have the right to:
- Go to school, no matter where they live, or how long they have lived there.
- Continue in the school last attended if that is their choice and is feasible.
- Enroll in school immediately, even without required records.
- Participate in all school programs for which they are eligible.
- Receive transportation to and from school, if they request such transportation.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to:
- Enroll your child in school.
- Make sure your child attends school regularly.
- Request transportation if needed.
- Attend parent/teacher conferences, and other school activities.
- Stay informed of school rules, regulations, and activities.
- Notify the school if moving.
Tulare City School District is compassionate to the needs of students that are in foster care. We work closely with Child Welfare Services to ensure a foster child receives all the support they need to be successful in school.
Supervisor (Child Welfare and Attendance)
424 North N Street, Tulare
Provides rent/mortgage assistance.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tulare City School District
Homeless & Foster Liaison
Tulare County Office of Education Homeless Liaison:
California Department of Education Homeless Liaison: