Important Links

 
Fostering Youth Independence - This organization is a non-profit in Santa Clarita that provides transition age foster youth (Ages 16 to 24) with necessary services, support and resources to make sure they can access educational opportunities and reach their goals.
 
Know Before You Go - Link to a brochure to learn about extended foster Care for current or former foster/probation youth.
 
I Can Afford College - This valuable website explains the different kinds of financial aid available and provides assistance with learning about your options and how to apply for various financial aid programs.
 
OYC LA Opportunity Youth Collaborative - The link below connects you to the weekly email archive of resources to benefit foster, transitional age youth ages 16-24.  The weekly emails list job and internship opportunities, as well as free community events.
 
United Friends of the Children - United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.
 
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25. Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers, share personal stories, creativity and helpful resources by writing and responding to blog entries, engaging in discussion groups and sharing videos, photos and other news. Links to Crisis Hotline Information.
 
Department of Children and Family Services – Independent Living Program (ILP) - The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides financial assistance and services to current and former foster/probation youth, 16-20 years of age, who have been determined to be ILP eligible by an ILP Transition Coordinator. You may receive the help you need as a student in high school, college, or a vocational program. You may also qualify for services if you are working or in need of support services or referrals. ILP may be able to assist you in areas such as housing, employment and education.
 
Traditional Housing
 
Medi-Cal and CalFresh (SNAP)
 
California Department of Social Services, foster youth help resource page provides children and youth with information on their rights when placed in foster care.
Hotline: 1-877-846-1602 Email: fosteryouthhelp@dss.ca.gov 
 
The Alliance for Children’s Rights - The Alliance becomes a lifeline that helps guide these 16 to 24 year olds through the difficult transition from foster care to independence by educating them about their legal rights and responsibilities and empowering them with skill building workshops and access to resources. Our Allies Mentoring Program is designed to further support these youth by providing them with caring, consistent, adult role models who will help empower them to make good decisions and set attainable life goals. Together with our pro bono attorneys, The Alliance is helping to change the outcomes for these youth.
  
Santa Clarita WorkSource Center - The Center’s focus is to provide a workforce development system by bringing job seekers and employers together in one place. Our Center offers employment workshops, computers and printers, Internet access, phones, fax and copy machines.
 
Foster Care to Success - Founded in 1981, Foster Care to Success serves thousands of foster teens across the United States. Whether we're providing them with college scholarships, connecting them with mentors and internships, sending them care packages, or testifying before Congress, Foster Care to Success is a passionate champion of foster youth.
 
Change a Life Foundation - Helps individuals and families who, through no fault of their own, have experienced an injury, illness, or catastrophic life event, and who are suffering financial hardship, by providing support for critically needed direct services that promote their self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.
 
Casey Family Programs - The nation’s largest operating foundation entirely focused on foster care. Since 1966, we have worked to provide and improve—and ultimately prevent the need for—foster care in the United States. As advocates for change, we are committed to our 2020 Strategy – an ambitious yet attainable goal to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the lives of those who remain in care.