Foster Youth Resources

COVID-19 has affected all of our communities but has especially affected our most vulnerable children. Families In Schools has compiled a list of resources, including webinars, support services such as health care and housing, and supplemental educational resources to help foster youth, their caregivers, and mentors navigate distance learning, COVID-19, career and college preparation, and much more.

Connectivity Resources 

Education 

Grades K-12

  • Free family access (until December 31, 2020) to K-8 math learning resources. Sign up here. 
  • Free homework help and online tutoring provided by the Los Angeles Public Library and Tutor.com. For more info, click here.
  • Find back to school resources for foster youth including tutoring and homework guidance by navigating iFoster’s free portal. Sign up here. 
  • Teach Your Monster to Read is a free online learning game that supports young children in their reading journey. Register here. 
  • Free digital library provided by the Los Angeles Public Library. If you don’t have a library card, you can sign up using your mobile phone number. *Phone numbers are used to verify that students and families live in the library’s service area and to receive a digital card.
  • Foster Youth Achievement Program is available for all LAUSD students living in foster care. To learn more about the Foster Youth Achievement Program Counselor(s) at your student’s school, call (213) 241- 3552.

High School and College Students

  • Californa State University provides a list of resources including campus support, the application process of applying to a CSU as a foster youth, financial aid, and more. Explore here. 
  • College support programs and financial aid resources for foster youth provided by the California Department of Social Services.
  • All 116 California Community Colleges have a Foster Youth Liaison on their campus along with programs and support services specific to foster youth entering college. For more information and a directory of college liaisons, click here. 
  • Join the United Friends of the Children’s Scholars Program which provides education support such as college counseling, tutoring, financial aid support, career development, and more. For more info and to apply, click here.
  • For a list of scholarships, visit our College & Career Resources page.
  • Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth provided by John Burton Advocates for Youth and California College Pathways.
  • California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth. 
  • LA College Promise, provided by Los Angeles Trade-Tech College (LATTC), supports first-time college students transitioning from high school to college with free tuition for 2 years. Learn more here. 

Support Services 

  • Free Food Delivery for Transitional Age Youth Ages 16-25, with weekly grocery deliveries on Saturdays. Register by Fridays at 5PM. First-time clients must complete a phone intake. For Commerce service area, call 323-353-6118 or Lancaster service area, call 661-361-1822. More info here. 
  • Free Health Care until age 26 for foster youth, provided by The Affordable Care Act. You can apply at any time of the year. Click here for more information. 
  • CalFresh FAQs for non-minor dependents (participating in extended foster care). More info here. 
  • Youth on the Move Program offers free metro passes for transition-age youth between the ages of 18 and 21. For more information, click here. 
  • Foster Youth in LA County can follow the following Facebook page to stay up to date on resources, events, and information.
  • Hire LA’s Youth offers virtual and in-person jobs for youth between the ages of 14-24 and living in the city of Los Angeles. The opportunity includes personal development, interview practice, financial management, and career development. Learn more here. 
  • Find your local YouthSource Center to get support in work readiness, career exploration, computer training, college prep, counseling, and more. Click here for locations. 
  • List of health resources for foster youth provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

Housing 

  • First Place for Youth provides personalized education and employment support along with housing for current and former foster youth, probation youth, and homeless youth, ages 18 – 24 living in the following counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Los Angeles County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, and Solano County.
  • Pathways Housing provided by United Friends of the Children is an 18-36 month program for youth at risk of homelessness. For more info and eligibility, click here.
  • Housing programs for current or former foster youth between the ages of 18-25. Learn more here.
  • WE LIFT LA provides housing opportunities for transitional aged youth. Learn more here. 
  • Transitional Housing Placement and Foster Care program for youth 18 to 21 in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego. Click here for more information. 
  • Transitional Living Program for youth ages 18-24, provided by Youth Emerging Stronger. Youth are provided with support services such as Education & Career Development, Mental Health Therapy, Life Skills Training, and more. Learn about the program here or call 323-240-2253 for more information or to self-refer.

Webinars 

  • A free health and wellness five-part program, MedTalks, provided by the Los Angeles Public Library. Wednesdays at 4 pm September 30, and October 7,21. Sign up here. 
  • Learn about free library resources that can help you with online learning, provided by The Los Angeles Public Library Teen’Scape. Wednesday, September 23rd at 3 PM. For the meeting link, contact teens@lapl.org at least one hour in advance. Learn more. 
  • Youth Bioscience Summit will take place on October 9th, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Learn more about life sciences careers and opportunities by registering here. 

Mentorship 

  • Mentor program provided by the Alliance for Children’s Rights for youth between the ages of 18-22 who have been in foster care in the city of Los Angeles. To fill out an application and find a mentor, contact v.daverso@kids-allince.org or call 213.368.6010.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles provides mentoring services for youth between the ages of 6-18 years old. Learn more here or contact Jessica.Suarez@bbbsla.org or call 213-532-8141.

Organizations & Services 

  • United Friends of the Children aim to empower current and former foster youth by providing programs and resources ranging from scholarships, health, housing, legal, careers, and more. For COVID-19 resources, click here.
  • California Youth Connection is a youth-led advocacy organization that empowers current and former foster youth to transform the foster youth system.
  • CASA of Los Angeles aims to provide volunteer advocates to foster children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
  • Foster Club has created a resource list for current and former foster youth who need assistance during COVID-19. See page here. 
  • A list of COVID-19 resources for foster youth provided by Together We Rise. Resources can be searched by state.
  • Know Before You Go aims to empower foster youth to be their own advocates by providing a variety of support services (housing, education, employment, finances, health, legal) to youth transitioning from foster care to independent living. Learn more here.  
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights provides a variety of legal support services for young adults (ages 16-24) who were previously in foster care. Free consultations and services include resolving identity theft, re-entering foster care, clearing tickets, obtaining your birth certificate, emancipation, and more. Learn more about your legal rights here and click here for direct assistance.
  • iFoster provides support services for transition-age foster youth, caregivers, and agencies working with youth and families. Become a member and gain access to free programs, services, and opportunities. Learn more here. 

For Foster Parents, Families, and Caregivers 

  • Foster Youth Achievement Program is available for all LAUSD students living in foster care. To learn more about the Foster Youth Achievement Program Counselor(s) at your student’s school, call (213) 241- 3552.
  • Caring for Another Person’s Child is a 62-page guide for non-parent caregivers in LA County. Learn more about types of caregivers, foster care, and adoption. Read here.
  • FOCUS on Foster Families provides videos and resources for caregivers, ranging from mental health to legal experts and experiences from other foster families. Explore here. Available in English and Spanish.
  • iFoster provides support services for transition-age foster youth, caregivers, and agencies working with youth and families. Become a member and gain access to free programs, services, and opportunities. Learn more here. 

Working with Foster Youth 

  • John Burton Advocates for Youth COVID-19 laptop assistance program encourages agencies whose current foster youth students (K-12) are in need of laptop devices to submit a request. Learn more here. 
  • Youth on the Move Program offers free metro passes for transition-age youth between the ages of 18 and 21. For more information, click here. 
  • Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth provided by John Burton Advocates for Youth and California College Pathways.
  • A How-To Guide for Assisting California Foster Youth in Completing the FAFSA. Download webinar slides here. 

Mental Health Services 

  • NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a 24-hour helpline: 800-950-6264.
  • Active Minds has created a list of self-care resources for young adults including free wellness classes, a free meditation app, and more.

Crisis Hotlines 

  • NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a 24-hour helpline: 800-950-6264.
  • Shelter Hotline: 1-800-548-6047
  • California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Connect a Crisis Counselor 24/7 at Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741
  • County Health Department: 800-339-6993 or 211 (24 hours)
  • LA Free Clinic/Teen Clinic: 323-337-1775
  • National Dometic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • 24-hour information, referrals, and assistance to any youth in crisis: 1-800-999-9999