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A good education is the key to everyone’s future. Without a good education, it is increasingly difficult to attain a comfortable standard of living. Many foster youth do not graduate from high school and often don’t know what opportunities are available to continue on with a vocational training or college education.

For more information on a high school education, go to
High School.

For more information about college opportunities, go to College.

  • College Navigator -Find the right college for you.
  • Prepare For College - Getting ready for college or career school can be easier than you think. Start by defining your goals and interests, understanding college costs, and planning financially and academically.
Having Problems in Elementary, Middle, or High School? There are people who can help you. They are called Foster Youth Services Program Coordinators.

Click on Guardian Scholar Programs to find out about this opportunity at some colleges and universities.

FOSTER ED CONNECT - A free online community and resource clearinghouse for all people helping children and youth in California's foster care system succeed in school.
Please contact
Jesse Hahnel. For more information about your rights as a student, go to Fact Sheets. These eight Fact Sheets were produced by the California Foster Youth Education Task Force, a coalition of 21 organizations dedicated to improving educational outcomes for foster youth. Subjects covered are:
  • AB 490 – Education Rights: roles for placing agencies, schools and school districts
  • IEPs and Holders of Education Rights
  • Special Education
  • Nonpublic Schools
  • AB3632 – IEPs and Mental Health
  • Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Assessments
  • School Discipline
  • Special Education discipline
You may also contact Casey Family programs at 916-503-2950 or go to their website.

For more information on educational opportunities,
Call the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman at