California Ombudsman For Foster Care
Help Line 1-877-846-1602
The Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman ensures that the voice of foster children and youth is heard and act on their behalf.
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Foster Youth Wellness www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/Foster-Youth-Wellness-Project This site is designed to help youth learn more about pursuing wellness by providing links to youth friendly wellness resources in the following areas: Mind, Body, Mind, Emotions, Beliefs, Education/Career, Relationships and Community. Here you’ll find links to interactive tools, youth friendly websites, hands-on tools and worksheets, videos, articles, and more!
Independent Living Program www.ilponline.org
This site is for current or former foster youth/probation youth which provides important information and resources regarding ILP/Transitional Coordinators, housing, education, living skills, employment, legal assistance and much more.
California Independent Living ILP Coordinators (listed by county)
The Transitional Resource Center (TRC)
The Community Resource Center
10750 S. Laurel Ave.
Whittier, CA 90605
The TRC offers:Independent living resources information and referral, Employment Resources, Transportation funds, Educational Assistance, Emergency, transitional and permanent housing referrals, and much more.
Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority-SASSFA
Santa Fe Springs Main Office
10400 Pioneer Blvd. Suite 9
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
(562) 946-2237 x254 or x231
Through the Youth Program SASSFA provides free use of computers, copies and fax. Workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, job search, job placement, for youth ages 17-21.
The Alliance for Children’s Rights
Next Steps Program
3333 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 550
Los Angeles, CA 90010
iFoster Life changing resources for children and youth (current or former foster youth) www.ifoster.org
The California Community Colleges established the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) to assist foster youth in accessing and successfully completing college.
You can find more information and a list of all FYSI’s at all 112 CA Community Colleges at:
Financial Aid (FASFA) www.fafsa.ed.gov
California Chafee Grant Program (Additional grant for college available to current or former foster youth) www.chafee.csac.ca.gov
For information on Medi-Cal for current and former foster youth until age 26
California Youth Connection (CYC) www.calyouthconn.org/
A youth led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change
California College Pathways
Helping California’s foster youth access higher education and reach their educational goals www.cacollegepathways.org
John Burton Foundation www.johnburtonfoundation.org
Pritzker Foster Care Initiative www.ajpff.org
Foster Care Counts www.fostercarecounts.org