Foster Youth Programs and Services

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Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) (
Through the vision of the CCCCO, to create a statewide outreach and retention effort to better serve current and former youth from care, the FYSI was established. FYSI was built through CCCCO leadership and a strong foundation of individuals representing a myriad of agencies and postsecondary educational institutions that have formed a true collaborative effort that has evolved to become a statewide FYSI taskforce.

Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) (
Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support Program was authorized by Chapter 771, Statutes of 2014.  CAFYES is a supplemental component of the existing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program.  The purpose of CAFYES is to strengthen the capacity of community college districts to support the higher education success, health and well-being of some of the nearly 13,000 current and former foster youth who are enrolled in California‚Äôs community colleges.

Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE) (
The Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges has taken a lead role in expanding the delivery of high quality foster and kinship care education throughout the state. The Chancellor's Office and a system of local community colleges implement the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program each year, in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services, a State Advisory Committee, local county departments of social services, as well as foster parent and kinship care provider associations.

Foundation for California Community Colleges Foster Youth Services (
The Foundation's foster youth services programs empower foster youth to better understand their choices and actions and transition into adulthood. Each year, approximately 4,000 of California's foster youth turn 18 and become independent, many without the necessary skills to support themselves. Our programs support students and their academic and emotional needs, helping to set them up for success in college and beyond.

California College Pathways (
California College Pathways is a statewide partnership that provides resources and leadership to campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed at community colleges and four-year universities.

John Burton Foundation (
The John Burton Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization based in San Francisco. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for California's homeless, foster and former foster youth and developing policy solutions to prevent homelessness.