Related Web Sites

Advocacy

Child Welfare League of America is a nationwide coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920.
http://www.cwla.org

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a non-profit organization, works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides.
http://www.ccainstitute.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) and their network of 946 local community programs recruits, trains and supports volunteers in their work with abused children.
http://www.casaforchildren.org

Foster Care Alumni of America is dedicated to transforming policy and practice to ensure opportunity for people in and from foster care.
http://www.fostercarealumni.org

National Foster Care Coalition is a national, nonpartisan partnership of individuals, organizations, foundations, and associations dedicated to improving the lives of the more than half a million children currently in the foster care system and the millions more who have been, or will be, involved in the foster care system.
http://www.nationalfostercare.org

Direct Service Organizations

The Camellia Network is working to create a national network that connects every youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive in adulthood.
https://camellianetwork.org

California College Pathways provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges, vocational schools, and four-year universities. Save the date for the Blueprint Conference in October!
http://www.cacollegepathways.org/

Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley (FBSMV) is working to to address the barriers identified as contributing to the foster students’ poor outcomes. Foundation for Success is an evidence based program designed to improve educational outcomes for foster kids in our community.
http://www.fbsmv.com/foster-youth-support-foundation-for-success/

Foster Care to Success is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization working solely with college bound foster youth.
http://www.fc2success.org

FosterClub is a national network for young people in foster care.
http://www.fosterclub.com

iFoster brings life changing resources for children and youth in foster care.
http://www.ifoster.org

National Center for Youth Law works to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives.
http://www.youthlaw.org

Tools

The Equal Futures toolkit will help you improve educational outcomes for students in foster care by creating a program that connects each student with an informed, engaged and equipped network of adults championing their success. http://equalfutures.org/

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE) is a reliable and valid screening tool for children from one month to 5 ½ years of age.
http://www.agesandstages.com

California Education Code 49085 requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to regularly inform school districts who amongst their students are in foster care.
http://lcff.wested.org

Career Zone California has a number of online tools to assist young adults in budgeting as they begin to make school, career, and lifestyle choices. Through answering a series of independent living questions, the youth will be able to better plan for standard costs of living by CA county, what professions offer salaries that meet the costs of living, and what certificates/degree(s) are necessary to gain employment within each occupation. http://www.cacareerzone.org/budget/index

Foster Focus is a web-based database that tracks information for children in foster care. The database tracks students’ grades, credits, course schedules, residential history, immunization records, attendance, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), the name of the child’s social worker, and other information. Utilization of this database can help create a continuity of information between education and child welfare systems.         http://www.scoe.net

SchoolConnect helps county placement workers find the most appropriate placements for children – particularly placements that will not result in a change in school enrollment.
https://www.schoolconnectonline.org

The LCAP Watch website allows users to search through Local Control and Accountability Plans. Site visitors can view how their school districts plan to spend their state funding. The website also allows you to upload LCAP plans that may not be in the tool’s database.
http://lcapwatch.org/