As a child or youth in foster care, you may experience many challenges; here are some resources to help you tackle them. First, you have rights, starting with the right to live in a safe environment and you deserve 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 (provided you continue to meet certain conditions), you have the right to remain in foster care and continue to receive support after you turn 18.
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. Emancipated foster youth can access housing and other available assistance programs.