Foster Youth


Foster Youth Education Resources

Information, Laws, and Advocacy

California Department of Education, Foster Youth Services
Oversees FYS programs in California, and provides general resources

California Foster Care Education Law Fact Sheets
A comprehensive guide to AB 490, AB 167, Special Education, and other education law related to foster youth.

Available Translations of Foster Care Education Fact Sheets
A comprehensive guide to AB 490, AB 167, Special Education, and other education law related to foster youth, in multiple languages.

Foster Ed Connect
A site for finding and sharing resources, asking and answering questions, and reading and posting news stories related to foster care and education.

Foster Youth Ombudsman Office, California Department of Social Services
Provides information on many topics relevant to foster youth, and helps to resolve conflicts affecting kids in foster care.

Assembly Bill 167 Frequently Asked Questions
Developed by the California Foster Youth Education Task Force to clarify foster youth’s educational rights to graduate high school with the minimum California requirements

Assembly Bill 490 Frequently Asked Questions
Developed by the California Foster Youth Education Task Force to clarify foster youth’s educational rights regarding immediate enrollment, remaining in school of origin, etc.

California Youth Connection
Current and former foster youth working to improve foster care, educate the public, and policy makers

University of California, Berkeley Center for Social Services Research
Timely and useful data about children in the California Child Welfare System.

National Center for Youth Law
A private, non-profit law office serving the legal needs of children and their families.

College and Career

California College Pathways
Web site designed to help California’s foster youth access higher education and their educational goals

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
U.S. Department of Education free application for federal student aid.

California Chafee Grant
Provides free money to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses.

Foster Youth Success Initiative
A program of outreach and support at California’s community colleges, with trained liaisons situated on campuses to address the specific financial aid and other needs of former or current community college foster youth.