Take Advantage of Free Assistance
Every county’s Office of Education has a foster youth education liaison and an Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) that can provide free assistance to help foster youth meet their academic, college and career goals. It’s their job to support foster youth, so ask them for assistance.
- K-12 Education Foster Youth Liaisons
- California Independent Living Skills Programs (ILSPs)
ILSP programs help 16- to 21-year-old foster youth to transition from foster care, and many help foster youth plan for college (e.g., assist in preparing college applications, researching scholarships, and visiting college campuses). A Google search with the name of the county you live in and the words “Independent Living Program” should direct you to the program in your area.