2015 News


 “Memo from CalYOUTH: Early Findings on Extended Foster Care and Legal Permanency” authored by Mark E. Courtney and Nathanael Okpych, ChapinHall at the University of Chicago, provides an early look at the relationship between extended foster care in California and the ways that older adolescents exit care in the state (July 2015)
Foster Youth and Early Implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula: Not Yet Making the Grade,” by SRI Publication and funded by the WSJF and the National Center for Youth Law, provides an overview of California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  LCFF calls out foster youth as a distinct sub-population of underserved students. This study found the first year of implementation of the LCFF resulted in little specific attention to foster youth in most school districts’ plans (March 2015).
iFoster has partnered with Raley’s Family of Fine Stores to develop a new hiring program for foster youth. To date, the organizations have placed seven youths in Raley’s stores in the Sacramento region, with a goal of expanding the program to other stores.  The Foster Youth Hiring Program seeks to find employment opportunities for foster youths who are close to aging out of the foster system (March 2015).
Inspiring Scholars at Butte Community College provides support for foster youth scholars through priority registration, drop in appointments, mentorships, campus resources, and transfers to four year colleges.
Guardian Scholars at UC Merced provides support for a variety of services for foster youth scholars including priority year round housing, tutoring, textbook support, and mentors.
Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) at Skyline Community College provides enrollment, financial aid, and tutoring support for foster youth scholars.
The Walter S. Johnson Foundation is part of the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership, a collaboration of private and public organizations working to improve outcomes in the child welfare system.  “Who is Caring for California Children in Foster Care” (Insights, Volume IX) is focused on what we know (and don’t know) about caregivers in California’s child welfare system (Summer 2015).
Our Space, a program at Sunny Hills Services/Bay Area Youth Center has released beFIERCE! a toolkit for providers working with LGBTQ foster youth (June 2015)

A report titled “Fostering Educational Success,” co-authored by Public Counsel, found that while the Local Funding Formula was intended to help ensure that the unique needs of California’s foster youth were address, in the first year of implementation, few school districts develops goals or strategies specific to help foster youth improve attendance, avoid suspension, expulsions, or encounters with law enforcement (February 2015)

A project of Public Counsel, Fix School Discipline is a web-base toolkit for school personnel, parents, students, community leaders and organizations interested in learning about how to eliminate harsh, push-out discipline practices and put in place solutions that work for all students (Spring 2015).

“No Time to Lose: A Policy Agenda to Support College Success for Foster Youth”  from California College Pathways/John Burton Foundation provides policy recommendations for how California can improve access to higher education for foster youth (January 2015)