On Deck Foundation

Est. 2002


Resource List for current and former foster youth:

Foster Youth Services (FYS): provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care. FYS programs have the ability and authority to ensure that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. FYS programs increase the stability of placements for foster children and youth. These services are designed to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, directly benefiting them as well as providing long-range cost savings to the state.

Requests for applications and funding results for foster youth service programs.

Join the Foster Youth Issues Forum Listserv to share ideas and ask for advice about foster youth.

Partial Course Credit Letter
Education Code Section 48645 requires each public school district and county office of education to accept full or partial coursework completed by a pupil while attending another school or agency.

Resources related to foster youth services programs.

Foster Youth Services - CalEdFacts
This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Contact Lists

Foster Youth Services Program Coordinators
Contact information for statewide, core district, countywide, and juvenile detention FYS programs.

AB 490 Educational Liaisons for Foster Youth
Contact information for Assembly Bill 490 educational liaisons at the county offices of education and school districts.

Legislative Reports

2012 Report to the Legislature and Governor
Includes information on program effectiveness generated by the Core, Countywide, and Juvenile Detention Foster Youth Services programs during the 2010-11 school year.

2010 Report to the Legislature and Governor
Includes information on program effectiveness generated by the Core, Countywide, and Juvenile Detention Foster Youth Services programs during the 2008-09 school year.


Educating California's Foster Youth
Study of Policies, Procedures, and Practices Affecting the Education of Children Residing in Group Homes.

Study of the Educational Placement of Children Residing in Group Homes (PDF)
This report presents findings and recommendations regarding the education of children residing in group homes or licensed children’s institutions in California.


When you turned 17, you were invited to be part of an important new project. Across the country, youth had a chance to share their knowledge and experiences by participating in the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Survey. This survey was given to you as a chance to improve services for future foster youth. It was also a unique opportunity to tell government leaders about your needs and experiences.

Soon as you turn 19, (October 1, 2012 - Sept. 30, 2013) you will be asked to take another NYTD Survey. Please keep in contact with us. Incentives are planned to be given for participation. For more information email NYTD.

Check out the NYTD Rap by two former foster youth from California.


Foster Care Ombudsman Program
         Annual Reports All County Letters and All County Information Notices
         Publications County Contacts

Foster ED Connect
: A site for all people helping children and youth
in California's foster care system succeed in school.

  This is an organization established in the State of California whose purpose is to bring together individuals who provide academic counseling, advisement and assistance for student athletes at the community college level.
  Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) at Fairplex provides career and technical education in a hands-on learning environment. Students are taught by both professional educators and people working in industry in our “classroom without walls” on the Fairplex grounds. They learn at the work site as well as in the classroom, building a strong foundation of work skills. CTEC operates under the auspices of the Los Angeles County Fair Association in partnership with Fairplex Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation.
  David and Margaret Youth & Family Services empowers children, youth and families through culturally diverse services that foster emotional, educational, spiritual and identity development. 
  Our Vision is to creatively nurture people to love God and share his love. Our Mission is to develop people into successful Christians, mobilizing them for significant living and fulfilling ministry in both the church and the world.
To raise public awareness and funds that will allow us to take an in-depth look into the lives of homeless youth in America today. The Gen Why Foundation was created in unison with the documentary, Generation Why? The film will not only inform and educate all Americans about the issues facing our youth, but it will inspire them to care and ACT. We will use the influence of the film to create strategic alliances with non-profits, companies, educators, physicians, athletes, artists, and anyone else interested in contributing to our efforts.
  To strengthen the Mind and Spirit of children with emotional, special learning and development needs by providing specialized programs in a nurturing, caring and therapeutic environment. 
To provide the means for college athletes to voice their concerns and change NCAA rules.
  Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services is a Bilingual Latino, profoundly multicultural, California non–profit Corporation created to provide children and their families with the best quality educational and family-based treatment services while improving the children’s quality of life.
  To provide teens aging out of the foster care system with all of the resources and support of an intact family. To allow the greatest opportunity for a successful transition to adulthood.
  To partner with faith-based and community-action organizations to provide families with affordable food and bring communities together, one box at a time.
   To build confidence and promote self-sufficiency for homeless and runaway youth by providing trust, hope, support, and education. No one is a lost cause! We will design a program to help youth exit street life and develop life skills. Our goal is to take the youth from the street to employment to becoming self-sufficient adults. We are an independent, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves to instill hope in the youth we serve.  
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