Foster Youth Resources
As a child or youth in foster care, you may experience many challenges. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to you to help you tackle those challenges. First and foremost, children and youth in foster care have rights, starting with the right to live in a safe environment and to be treated with respect. You also have the right to services you need for your health and well-being. And, through the After 18 program, you now have the right to remain in foster care and continue to receive support after you turn 18, provided you continue to meet qualifying conditions.
For older foster youth, Tulare County’s Independent Living Program offers a variety of individualized services as well as group classes and activities to assist youth ages 16 to 21 in their journey toward independence. And for emancipated foster youth, there are housing and other assistance programs available.
For more information on the rights and programs for foster youth, please see the "Contact and Locations" and "Resources" tabs.