Foster Care Facts


In the United States, there are about 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system


AB 12 created California’s Extended Foster Care (EFC) Program which allows eligible youth in the child welfare and probation systems to remain in foster care until age 21.


All 10 UC Campuses, and all 23 CSUs have a Foster Care Students support program, often called the Guardian Scholars Program.


CA recently enacted the foster care youth tax credit, allowing eligible youth to claim up to $1,083 in tax credit.


The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 created the Independent Living Program to help current and former foster youth achieve self-sufficiency after leaving the foster care system.

Ways to be an ally

Ways To Be an Ally!


Acknowledge Family Privilege


Become knowledgeable about foster care issues & their impact on learning


Support legislation that supports foster youth


Volunteer at or for your local foster organizations


Learn from foster youth and former foster youth directly.

Downloadable Backgrounds

Spark conversation about National Foster Care Month by wearing a blue shirt or downloading our cool virtual National Foster Care Ribbon background to spread awareness and tag us today or the entire month at Instagram @ucifyre and @uci_fsa. There are 3 backgrounds to choose from!

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