The Beyond Foster Care campaign seeks to improve the life-long trajectory of former foster youth in California through advocacy. Building on Journey House’s long standing commitment to support foster youth in education, the campaign is focused on creating statewide solutions to improve education outcomes for all former foster youth.

What do we do?

Beyond Foster Care works with a wide range of community based partners, educational institutions, and TAY serving programs to identify and mobilize actions that improve foster youth’s overall education experiences. We host workshops, panels, and round table discussions with stakeholders to discuss the needs of former former foster youth who are aging out of foster care. Our objective is to improve programs and services for older foster youth who no longer qualify for support. We seek to challenge the Transition Age Youth framework through dialogue and concrete action.

How do we do it?

Beyond Foster Care’s vision for policy is guided by the following:

  • Each issue and action plan developed under BFC is created and driven by a former foster youth.

  • The policies we advocate for must directly address the barriers foster youth encounter as they strive to obtain a successful transition into stability as adults.

  • Prior to advocating on legislative efforts, we explore the possible positive and negative impacts that any legislation may have, and ensure that any new laws or practices implemented will actually benefit the population we serve.

Legislative Priorities:

  • AB 1416: Evaluating foster parents 
  • AB 1849: Medi-Cal Eligibility for Former Foster Youth
  • AB 519: Youth permanency
  • SB 12: AB 12 Clean-up
  • SB 124: Juvenile solitary confinement
  • SB 731: Rights for transgender foster youth
  • SB 238, SB 253, SB 319, SB 484: Psychotropic medication bill package
  • AB 2506: Expand financial aid for former foster youth
  • SB 906: Priority Registration at community colleges 

Active Efforts: 

  • Beyond Foster Care Research with UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

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