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Resources related to foster youth services programs.

Assembly Bill 167 Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Common questions about the implementation of the AB 167 graduation requirements for students in foster care who transfer in grades eleven or twelve.

Assembly Bill 490 Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Developed by the California Foster Youth Education Task Force to clarify foster youth's educational rights pursuant to AB 490.

Assembly Bill 490 Training and Implementation External link opens in new window or tab.
National Child Welfare Resource Center on legal and judicial issues ensuring educational rights and stability for foster youth.

California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care External link opens in new window or tab.
The charge of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care is to provide recommendations to the California Judicial Council on the ways in which the courts and their partners can improve safety, permanency, well-being, and fairness outcomes for children and families.

California Chafee Grant External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides free money to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses.

California Child Welfare Council External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Child Welfare Council was established by the Child Welfare Leadership and Accountability Act of 2006 (Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 16540 – 16545) and serves as an advisory body responsible for improving the collaboration and processes of the multiple agencies and the courts that serve the children in the child welfare system.

California College Pathways External link opens in new window or tab.
Web site designed by the John Burton Foundation to help California's foster youth access higher education and their educational goals

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Foster and Kinship Care Education Program External link opens in new window or tab.

California Department of Social Services, Foster Youth Ombudsman Office External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides information about the Foster Care Ombudsman Office and various programs and services available to youth in foster care.

California Foster Youth Education Task Force External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Foster Youth Education Task Force is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for foster youth in California by bringing together subject matter experts representing more than 35 organizations and agencies to engage in cross-systems collaboration. Membership is open to anyone interested in promoting improved educational opportunities and successes for California's foster youth.

California Foster Youth Education Summit Materials 2007 External link opens in new window or tab.
Background and Issue Papers from the summit posted on the Child and Family Policy Institute of California.

California Legislature Bill Information External link opens in new window or tab.
The full text of bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments, and their status, history, votes, analyses, and veto messages are available.

California Supplement to the Judicial Checklist External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Supplement to Asking the Right Questions: A Judicial Checklist to ensure that the Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care Are Being Addressed and the Judicial Education Checklist.

California Youth Connection External link opens in new window or tab.
Current and former foster youth working to improve foster care, educate the public, and policy makers.

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 3MB)
Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Schools Committee, this Toolkit provides information for educators on the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma on children.

Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS) External link opens in new window or tab.
A statewide tool that supports an effective Child Welfare System of services.

Children's Law Center of Los Angeles External link opens in new window or tab.
California Foster Care Education Law information.

Community College Foundation External link opens in new window or tab.
Independent living program, campus peer mentoring program, Early Start to emancipation program.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Clearinghouse on Foster Youth and Transition External link opens in new window or tab.
This Clearinghouse offers a variety of selected resources to help foster parents, kincare providers, child welfare workers, educators, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), and other professionals to provide effective services and support for children with disabilities in foster care.

Education Liaison Model External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Developed by the Mental Health Services Agency, the Education Liaison Model is a comprehensive interagency program to support social workers in obtaining appropriate educational services for children in the foster care system.

Foster Care Education Fact Sheets (English) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Available Translations of Foster Care Education Fact Sheets
Developed by the California Foster Youth Education Task Force, these fact sheets summarize the laws pertaining to foster youth in California.

FosterEd Connect External link opens in new window or tab.
Free education resource is staffed by a panel of education experts who can answer programmatic issues with education laws that impact children and youth in foster care

Foster Youth Education Rights Wallet Card (English) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Available Translations of Foster Youth Education Rights Wallet Card
Developed by the California Foster Youth Education Task Force, this wallet-size card summarizes the California Education Code sections pertaining to foster youth.

Foundation for California Community Colleges External link opens in new window or tab.
AmeriCorps Foster Youth Mentoring Project

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) External link opens in new window or tab.
U.S. Department of Education free application for federal student aid.

Helping Your Child Succeed in School External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
An Education Handbook for Parents and Caregivers of Children and Youth in the Foster Care System created by Mental Health Advocacy Services.

Interconnected Systems Framework External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on the interconnection of PBIS and school mental health systems to improve educational outcomes for all children and youth, especially those with or at risk of developing mental health challenges.

Local Group Homes and Foster Family Agencies External link opens in new window or tab.
Database of Licensed Facilities.

McKinney-Vento
The McKinney-Vento Act includes foster youth awaiting placement in a foster or group home in the definition of homeless.

Multi Tiered System of Support
A framework that aligns Response to Instruction and Intervention with the Common Core State Standards and the systems necessary for academic, behavior, and social success.

National Center for Youth Law External link opens in new window or tab.
A private, non-profit law office serving the legal needs of children and their families.

Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on a systems change process for an entire school or district with an underlying theme of teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curricumum subject.

University of California, Berkeley Center for Social Services Research External link opens in new window or tab.
Timely and useful data about children in the California Child Welfare System.

Questions: Lisa Guillen | lguillen@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-5930 
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