Resources for Parenting Foster Youth

  • INFANT SUPPLEMENT California provides a monthly supplemental payment of $900 (amount for most placements) to the placement of parenting foster youth whose child(ren) reside with them. Youth who live in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) can receive the infant supplement directly.
  • PARENTING SUPPORT PLAN SUPPLEMENT Assembly Bill 2668 established an additional $200 per month for parenting non-minor dependents living in a SILP if they create a Parenting Support Plan with a responsible adult mentor. Learn more HERE.
  • EMERGENCY CHILD CARE BRIDGE PROGRAM FOR FOSTER CHILDREN Parenting foster youth can receive a time-limited child care voucher or payment to help pay for child care costs in addition to a child care navigator to assist with finding a child care provider, securing a subsidized child care placement if eligible, completing child care program applications, and developing a plan for long-term child care appropriate to the child’s age and needs. This state program is optional for counties. Check with your child welfare agency to see if your county is participating. Learn more about the program HERE.
  • SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN (WIC) This program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women as well as for infants and children up to age 5. Learn more HERE.
  • CALFRESH (FOOD STAMPS) CalFresh can be a great resource to help supplement a parenting youth’s food budget. Eligibility for CalFresh is made on a case-by-case basis and considers household composition, income, assets and other factors. Download an FAQ for NMDs applying for CalFresh HERE. Learn more HERE.
  • ADOLESCENT FAMILY LIFE PROGRAM The Adolescent Family Life Program is a statewide, publicly-funded program that addresses the social, health, educational, and economic consequences of adolescent pregnancy by providing comprehensive case management services to pregnant and parenting teens and their children. Learn more HERE.
  • CAL-LEARN The Cal-LEARN program helps pregnant and parenting teens to attend and graduate from high school or its equivalent through intensive case management, payments for necessary child care, transportation and educational expenses to enable pregnant/parenting teens to support school attendance and good grades. It is administered by the county social services agency. Learn more HERE.
  • CAL-SAFE Cal-SAFE is a school-based program for expectant and parenting students and their children. The program provides academic and support services to help students to stay in school. It is funded by the California Department of Education and administered locally by school districts. Check with your local school district for information on Cal-Safe in your area.
  • PLANNED PARENTHOOD Planned Parenthood is a national provider of reproductive health care. In addition to clinics located throughout California, Planned Parenthood provides teen-specific information on their website on a range of topics, including birth control, sex and relationships. Learn more HERE.
  • TEXT4BABY.ORG Text4Baby is a free mobile information service that provides pregnancy women and new mothers with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Learn more HERE.