Frequently Asked Questions

The Utah Youth in Custody Program provides education to children who are in the care of the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Division of Juvenile Justice (JJS) or in a juvenile detention facility.

Education funding is appropriated to individual school districts that provide education programs for youth from kindergarten to 12th grade. For more information about the YIC program, please visit the Utah State Office’s Website on Youth in Custody.

No. School districts or charter schools must apply for YIC funds and the funds are allocated based on the number of YIC students in the district. School districts or charter schools may subcontract with local non-district educational service providers for the provision of educational services.
There is a continuum of educational placements available to children in care. Placements are tailored to the needs of the child. School districts provide teachers in secure, residential treatment and mainstream school settings to meet a variety of needs. Districts also provide mentors to support students in care.

Click Here to see list of YIC programs, contact names, numbers, and locations.

It depends on the type of placement. If DCFS has custody of a child placed in a preliminary placement or in the home of a kinship caregiver who is a licensed foster parent, the children are eligible for Youth in Custody education services. A child placed with a kinship caregiver who has legal custody of the child is not eligible for participation in YIC programs.

Important Info
If the school is unsure whether the child is eligible to participate in YIC programs, they should contact the caseworker. If the child is initially eligible to participate in YIC programs, the caseworker should keep educational staff informed of changes in the custody status of the child.

The Utah Juvenile Court, Utah State Office of Education and the Department of Human Services are committed to ensuring that the educational needs of youth in care are met. A data sharing code (53A-1-1409) between all three agencies went into effect on May 10, 2016. Click here for a copy of the statute.