Information and links on scholarships for foster youth, housing, careers, advocacy and more.

    • Commission on Children in Foster Care
      A brief legislative history of the child welfare system published by the Pew Commission.
    • California Blue Ribbon Commission
      The Blue Ribbon Commission provides recommendations to the California Judicial Council on ways in which the courts and their partners can improve safety, permanency, well-being, and fairness outcomes for children and families.
    • California Foster Youth Education Task Force
      Foster care education fact sheets.
    • Casey Family Programs
      Provides an array of services for children and youth, with foster care as its core.
    • Center for Families, Children + the Courts
      Involved with many projects related to family, juvenile, child support, custody, visitation and domestic violence law and procedure.
    • Chapin Hall
      An independent policy research center at the University of Chicago whose mission is to build knowledge that improves policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities.
    • Child Trends
      Nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization.
    • Child Welfare Indicators Project
      A collaboration between the California Department of Social Services and University of California at Berkeley.
    • Child Welfare Information Gateway
      Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
    • Child Welfare League of America
      An association of more than 1,100 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.
    • Children's Bureau
      Children's Bureau is committed to providing vulnerable children -- especially in the early years -- the foundation necessary to become caring and productive adults.
    • Children's Defense Fund
      Provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves.
    • Crystal Stairs
      Dedicated to improving the lives of families through child care services, research and advocacy. Provides affordable childcare resources and referrals.
    • Healthy City
      Information and advocacy resource for underserved youth and families.
    • LA County Transition Age Youth Report
      Programs, data and recommendations.
    • Little Hoover Commission
      Investigates state government operations and — through reports, recommendations and legislative proposals — promotes efficiency, economy and improved services.
    • National Center for Youth Law
      Using the law to help children in need.
    • Los Angeles Foster Youth Resources
      Do you want to stay current on resources for Transition Age Foster Youth in Los Angeles County? Check out the below social media pages, which post updates regularly about: Resources for foster youth and the general community, job listings, job training programs, employment fairs, resume help, scholarship opportunities & other educational resources, free events and giveaways, housing & shelter information, health, wellness & mental health, reminders for important deadlines, such as FAFSA, college apps & taxes
      Instagram: @LA_Foster_Youth_Resources Facebook: @LAFosterYouth Twitter: @LAFosterYouth
    • Aaron Ruben Scholarship Fund
      The scholarship is administered by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
      3 or 4 awards between $1,500-$3,000
      Ms. Sue Thompson at 323-526-6399

      1) High school senior
      2) Enrolling in vocational school, college or university
      3) A current or former dependent of LA County Court

    • CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship
      For full-time undergraduate and graduate students studying health-related fields.
      February 28, 2015
      $2,500 (1 recipient per CBC district)
      507-931-1682 or pstenzel@scholarshipamerica.org

      1.) U.S. citizen/legal permanent resident,
      2.) have a minimum 2.75 GPA on 4.0 scale
      3.) be a full-time student
      4.) be pursuing/completing an undergraduate or graduate degree in health-related field
      5.) be attending/planning to attend U.S. accredited college/university located in the U.S.
      6.) exhibit leadership and be active in community
      7.) live/go to school in a CBC member district
      8.) African Americans given preference.

    • Celebration
      Participants become eligible for a number of scholarships by attending the Celebration graduation event sponsored by LA County DCFS and UFC.
      End of February

      1) Graduating with a 2.8 or higher GPA, 2) Plan to attend college or trade school

    • Chafee Grant Program
      $5,000 renewable award for former/current foster youth towards vocational/college expenses
      888-224-7268, specialized@csac.ca.gov

      1) Enrolled in Title IV vocational school or college, 2) Enrolled at least half-time, 3) Course of study should be at least a 1-year pgm, 4) Maintain "satisfactory academic progress"

    • Change a Life Foundation
      Non-renewable scholarship for up to $5,000
      March 18
      Change A Life Foundation. Look for College Scholarship Programs for more information

      1) Foster youth and former foster youth that are graduating seniors with a 2.75 GPA or better, and 1350 SAT score or better 2) planning to attend a 4-year school (transfer students with a 2.5 GPA or better may apply), 3) are from California

    • College Scholarships and Award Displacement
      This article answers common questions about how applying for private scholarships may lead to award displacement
    • Alcoholics Anonymous
      A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
    • Domestic Violence Council
      The Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council provides leadership in the creation and support of a victim-centered, countywide, and coordinated approach to prevent and respond to domestic violence.
    • Face the Issue
      Information about serious health issues facing youth today.
    • ILP Online Healthcare Section
      Offers resources for Medi-Cal
    • LA County Department of Mental Health
      Resource for people seeking mental health information, help and support.
    • Medi-Cal
      Information regarding enrollment in Medi-Cal insurance.
    • Narcotics Anonymous
      Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world focusing on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug.
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
      A free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. 1-800-273-TALK.
    • Pacific Clinics
      Provides field-based services and substance abuse/mental health treatment to young adults who are homeless, recently emancipated, recently incarcerated or otherwise at high risk.
    • Planned Parenthood
      Provides easy, affordable access to reproductive health care.
    • Rape Treatment Center
      A safe, anonymous place to receive support and services after a sexual assualt. In-person assistance as well as a confidential 24 hour phone hotline.
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