Publications & Resources


parenting and pregnant youth in foster care: exploring the challenges and solutions

Through empowering advocates with lived experience, this research looks deeper into the root causes and challenges of systemic inequalities contributing to trends following poor- quality experiences in the foster care system. By uplifting the narratives and experiences of system-impacted pregnant and parenting youth, more awareness and accountability for improved support systems are made possible. Check out the findings and policy recommendations of this project.


Once the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act was passed, federal advocates began to lean on statewide advocacy organizations to begin collaborating with their state agencies, CYC had already been strategizing in preparation for the bill’s passage. Read just how our movement took action in supporting direct cash assistance for foster youth.

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

Did you know 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.


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


CYC members have been involved in the development of Continuum of Care Reform (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.


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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