If you are a current or former foster youth, there are a several
key steps in the process where you will want to be aware of
resources that are available for students like you!
Your Transitional years (18-21):
What to be aware of?
- Extended foster care - Foster youth can now choose to stay in
foster care beyond the age of 18, allowing three additional years
of support while you pursue their education, get a job, establish
stable housing etc... View brochure on extended
foster care and the various benefits you can receive.
- The Independent Living Program (ILP) or Independent Living
Skills Program (ILSP) are for youth who have aged out of care, and
can provide assistance with finding a job, obtaining housing or
pursuing your education. These services and programs vary by
- Under the affordable care act, former foster youth are
guaranteed coverage through Medical until they reach age 26. View more information.
- Foster youth have some flexibility in high school graduation
View more information.
What documents will you need?
It's a good idea to get copies of all your legal documents
(birth certificate, social security, and proof of dependency
status), and to make sure that all documents have your name spelled
consistently. The key document for many of your applications, will
be your "proof of dependency" or "ward of the court" (see sample from LA County). If you don't have
your proof of dependency, you should ask your social worker for a