Fostering Connections After 18 (AB12) - Online Resources Guide

Some foster youth experience negative outcomes after they leave foster care. They are more likely to:

  • Be unemployed,
  • Be underemployed,
  • Be less educated,
  • Experience poverty and low wages,
  • Struggle with unplanned pregnancies and parenting children at very young ages, and
  • Experience the adult criminal system.

In order to defy these poor outcomes, AB 12, the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, sponsored by Speaker Karen Bass and Assembly Member Jim Beallwas, was signed into law on September 30, 2010. It took effect on January 1, 2012.

The resources on this web page are intended to help professional staff provide relevant, tangible, and accessible resources to young adults who will eventually transition from the foster care system to responsible adulthood. Young adults will find information in the following areas, including but not limited to:

  1. Completing High School or its Equivalency (GED)
  2. College, Community College, and Vocational
  3. Employment and Vocational Resources
  4. Special Programs for Youth in Foster Care
  5. Housing and Placement Information
  6. Medical & Health Information
  7. Legal Services
  8. Food Services
  9. Recreation and Wellness
  10. A list of all the resources

Although not required, it is recommended that staff familiarize themselves with the information on the websites so they can direct young people to them, as necessary. Some sites contain information on subsequent pages, so it may be necessary to navigate and search them for additional information.

These websites should be shared with young people liberally along with a suggestion that they spend time going through them because they have information and resources about transitioning from foster care to adulthood. You may also want to set aside time to review some websites with teenagers or suggest they review them with a teacher, school counselor, friend, care provider, family member, or other supportive petson.

The information in this resource guide can be used in the following ways:

  1. Supervisors can use it as an instructional guide in a unit meeting.
  2. Independent Living Skills Program staff can use it as a training guide.
  3. Stakeholders can use it to train care providers and other service providers.
  4. This 1-hour module can be inserted into another training on a similar topic.

NOTE: Most of the links are public and not maintained through a central repository. Websites and links may be updated, changed, or disabled by the originator, so please check periodically to make sure they are still active.

See also: AB 12 Training Resources (coming soon)