Publications & Resources

PUBLICATIONS

closing the extracurricular gap: Prioritizing Extracurricular ACTIVITIES as a key intervention for children and youth in foster care and Juvenile justice

Despite the increasing need for effective interventions for young people in the foster care and juvenile justice systems and the compelling research on the powerful impact of extra-curriculars, our practices and policies have not changed to prioritize extracurriculars as a key intervention. Read about the benefits of extracurricular participation for youth, their families, and systems.

Housing Stability for all: Findings and recommendations from current and former california foster youth

2,115 foster youth emancipated from California’s foster care system in 2020. CYC members conducted a participatory action research project to measure the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on these youth’s lives. Read their findings and recommendations for youth-centered change!

No Stigma No Barriers

Check out our reports from the No Stigma No Barriers project, conducted in collaboration with Youth in Mind, Young Mind’s Advocacy, and VOICES.

FOSTER POWER: A CURRICULUM FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION

Check out Foster Power, a collaboration between CYC, Foster Youth in Action, and SOUL School of Unity & Liberation! 

CONTINIUM OF CARE REFORM (CCR) TOOLKIT

CYC members have been involved in the development of CCR since the beginning. We’ve created this youth-friendly guide to help educate and equip current and former foster youth with the tools they need to engage in CCR themselves.

Resources

Foster Youth Bill of Rights
Downloadable publications that explain the rights you have while in foster care.

California Legal Aid Directory
A list of agencies, non profits, and other organizations that provide legal aid.

Family Urgent Response System (FURS)
The Family Urgent Response System (FURS) is a Free 24/7/365 Hotline for current or former foster youth and their caregivers to call and get immediate help for any big or small issues you may be having.

Foster Care Ombudsman Office
The California Ombudsperson for Foster Care is the state agency mandated to investigate and attempt to resolve complaints, on behalf of foster children, related to their care, placement or services. The office is empowered to investigate complaints about state and local agencies regarding foster care. The office listens to your concerns, documents your complaints, gathers all relevant information, remains neutral and impartial, and formulates a process for possible resolution and makes recommendations.

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