Publications & Guides

Fact Sheet on Parenting Youth In Foster Care

California now collects information about the parenting youth in foster care. The summary statistics below were drawn from the California Child Welfare Indicators Project, as of April 1, 2019. The requirement to collect this data has been in place since 2014, with the passage of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183). As a relatively new data element, the California Department of Social Services indicated that this data is expected to get more accurate over time, as collection becomes more consistent.

August 2019

FAQ: NMDs & CalFresh

This document answers 18 frequently asked questions about young adults participating in Extended Foster Care applying for and accessing CalFresh, California’s food stamp program.

Updated June 2019

Youth Homelessness in California: What Impact has the Five Percent Youth Set-Aside in the Homeless Emergency Aid Program had so Far?

In recognition of the severe housing crisis facing Californians, the State’s 2018-19 budget included a one-time investment of $500 million to address homelessness. The funding was administered as the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), and communities were required to designate a minimum of five percent to address youth homelessness.

This report explores early HEAP implementation, with a focus on how HEAP funds for homeless youth have been spent, including how many jurisdictions invested more than the minimum five percent on youth, the lessons learned in the process of distributing youth HEAP funding, the impact of the youth set-aside, and policy implications for future investment in youth homelessness.

Findings were drawn from from the 43 Continuums of Care (CoCs) and 11 large cities that were allocated HEAP funds in addition to other stakeholders.

May 2019

Turning Dreams into Degrees: A Training to Empower Caregivers to Support Foster Youth to Enroll and Succeed in College

A recent study found that youth who ever talked about college with their caregivers are over eight times more likely to attend a four-year college than those who don’t. Findings such as these led the Los Angeles County Department of Child & Family Services (LA DCFS) to require licensed caregivers to become trained on preparing youth for college, starting in middle school. This curriculum, developed by JBAY and UNITE-LA is being used in Los Angeles and is available statewide to other counties interested in training caregivers and Resource Families to better support foster youth to enroll and succeed in college. This curriculum is coming soon in Spanish.

May 2019

SB 89 Case Manager Guide and Youth Sexual Health Factsheets (Available in Spanish)

With the passage of the California Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act (SB 89), all California foster youth age 10 and older are required to be informed of their reproductive and sexual health rights annually in an age and developmentally appropriate manner. As part of the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (LA RHEP), John Burton Advocates for Youth has developed a series of youth fact sheets for case managers to communicate this important information. Accompanying the youth factsheets is a guide that includes age-appropriate conversation starters to help them navigate these sensitive conversations. Fact sheets are available for three age groups: tweens/early adolescents, middle adolescents, and transition-aged youth/young adults.

May 2019

What Does the Evidence Say about Youth Homelessness?

Addressing College Student Homelessness

White Papers: Recommendations for Addressing Youth Homelessness in California

The California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council invited white paper submissions to contribute best recommendations for evidence-based practices to address homelessness in California. John Burton Advocates for Youth submitted two white papers on youth homelessness: one with a broad focus, summarizing the most recently available research on homeless youth with corresponding recommendations, and the second focused on solutions to college student homelessness, developed collaboratively with six other organizations.

April 2019

SB 12 Social Worker Toolkit

Senate Bill 12 went into effect as of January 1, 2018 and included a requirement that for foster youth 16 and older, the case plan must identify who will assist youth with applications for college and financial aid. This toolkit is designed to support social workers and probation officers who are working to fulfill the mandate of Senate Bill 12.

February 2019

Connecting Students to the Homelessness Response System & Addressing Housing Instability:

10 PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR CALIFORNIA INSTITUTIONS OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

This publication outlines ten strategies campuses can adopt to connect their students experiencing homelessness to the local homelessness response system, and support their homeless students on campus.

January 2019

Claiming the California Earned Income Tax Credit: Guide for Transition-Age Youth

This publication is designed to help transition-age youth file their taxes and claim the California Earned Income Tax Credit, also known as the CalEITC. The publication outlines information about the CalEITC, tax filing requirements, documentation needed to file, and free tax preparation services. Additionally, it addresses common tax filing questions, such as what to do if you are missing personal information or financial documents, or how to file taxes if you are an immigrant, a student, homeless, in juvenile hall, in transitional housing, in foster care, sharing custody of a child with another taxpayer, or being claimed by another person as a dependent. The guide also addresses potential fear that transition-age youth may have about filing their taxes and discusses the wide range of benefits that come with filing taxes.

January 2019

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, September 30, 2018

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

December 2018

Core Practice Model: For Beyond the Safety Net Initiative

The Core Practice Model was designed for housing providers participating in “Beyond the Safety Net,” a two-year initiative led by JBAY to transform housing providers into college success programs. This tool includes recommendations in eight practice areas to improve a provider’s capacity to support post-secondary educational success within a housing milieu.

October 2018

Visual Guide to Assist Homeless Youth with Completing the FAFSA

The Visual Guide to Assist Homeless Youth with Completing the FAFSA provides a step-wise guide to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Unaccompanied youth who are homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless as of July 1st of the year prior to the award year, are eligible for “independent student status” on the FAFSA. This means that a student does not have to provide any parental information, including income information, and is key to ensuring homeless students are awarded need-based financial aid. This guide provides detailed instructions for completing the entire FAFSA, with special attention on how to ensure eligible homeless youth are granted independent student status.

October 2018

Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth (also available in Spanish) & FAFSA Visual Guide

The financial aid process no longer has to feel intimidating and confusing; the new student-friendly JBAY Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth takes the mystery out of applying for and keeping financial aid. This comprehensive guide begins with an explanation of different types of financial aid available, includes a step-wise guide to completing the FAFSA, tips on what to do after the FAFSA to ensure maximum aid awards, and explains how to stay in good standing and keep getting financial assistance for school.

The visual guide is intended to compliment Part 3 of the Financial Aid Guide for California Foster Youth, “How do I Apply for Financial Aid?” found within pages 6-10, with screen shots of the actual FAFSA application and detailed instructions.

October 2018

Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide (Spanish version now avaliable)

This education planning guide is intended to help foster youth chart their course to the college that is right for their interests and career goals. It also directs youth to the support and resources available for foster youth scholars on college campuses.

October 2018

THP-Plus Rates Across the State

This document lists the THP-Plus rates reported by providers across the state for FY17-18.

October 2018

2017-18 THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report

The THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report highlights the achievements and challenges of the state’s transitional housing programs in helping youth in the foster care and juvenile probation systems make a safe, supported transition to adulthood, and provides practice and policy recommendations for the future.

October 2018

California College Pathways Progress Update Report

This document provides an overview and update of the collective impact work of the California College Pathways, a public-private partnership managed by John Burton Advocates for Youth that is dedicated to creating a seamless system of support for foster youth as they transition from high school to post-secondary education.

October 2018

All County Letters and All County Information Notices Related to Extended Foster Care

This document includes every All County Letter (ACL) and All County Information Notice (ACIN) related to the Extended Foster Care Program in California released to date, and is updated regularly.

October 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, June 30, 2018

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

August 2018

Case Management Check-in Guide

This document is a “cheat sheet” for case managers working for housing programs or other community-based providers to help guide check-ins with their youth who are enrolled in college, week by week. The guide outlines pertinent topics to raise at specific times throughout the semester, moving case managers from asking “how’s school going?” to asking targeted questions at just the right time, building trust, and providing timely reminders, support and referrals to resources. It also includes a generic academic calendar to provide a general time frame for important dates throughout the year.

August 2018

Assisting Youth Pursuing Post-Secondary Education: Key Dates & Deadlines for Applying & Attending

This document is intended to provide social workers, probation officers, and others working with transition aged foster youth with information about key dates and deadlines as well as other crucial information associated with applying to and attending post-secondary education.

August 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, March 31, 2018

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

May 2018

College Assessment & Remediation Guides

California’s 114 community colleges have different policies and processes for determining course placement for new students. Noncredit remedial courses may delay graduation or transfer plans so it’s important to help ensure students aren’t taking more courses than they need. These three tools will help acquaint service providers with “what to know, what to ask” when it comes to assessment and remediation at the community colleges.

April 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, December 31, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

February 2018

1/22/18 Financial Aid Guide Webinar Q & A

On January 22nd, JBAY held a web seminar to providing step-by-step guidance on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for foster youth as well as tips on what to do after the FAFSA to ensure students get maximum aid awards. This document is the compiled list of Questions and Answers submitted during the web seminar.

January 2018

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, September 30, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

November 2017

Accelerating Success: Turning Insights into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges

This report by Educational Results Partnership and John Burton Advocates for Youth regarding foster youth outcomes at California’s community colleges provides college leaders with data driven approaches to improve foster youth outcomes, and shines a light on implications for policy-makers.

October 2017

Stepping Up for Foster Youth: A Policy Playbook for California’s Four-Year Universities

This report summarizes the results of a survey of foster youth campus support programs at California’s four-year universities, documenting and recommending institutional policies that campuses can institute to improve foster youth outcomes in the successful completion of post-secondary degrees.

September 2017

2016-17 THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report

The 2016-17 THP+FC & THP-Plus Annual Report details the status of California’s transitional housing programs for non-minor current and former foster and probation youth.

September 2017

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, June 30, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

August 2017

Beyond the Safety Net: Preliminary Findings from a Pilot Project to Transform Housing Providers into College Success Programs

This report presents preliminary findings from a pilot project JBAY led over 2016-17 to increase the capacity of transitional housing providers to support current and former foster youth in post-secondary education.

August 2017

THP+FC and THP-Plus Program Snapshots, March 31, 2017

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

May 2017

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, December 31, 2016

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

April 2017

Why Has Statewide Spending on Transitional Housing for Former Foster Youth Decreased, and What Can We Do About it?

This publication discusses the statewide decline in THP-Plus expenditures that has occurred since 2011 Realignment went into effect, and makes recommendations to counties for increasing their THP-Plus expenditures.

February 2017

January 2017 Survey of Burton Book Fund Recipients

In January 2017, John Burton Advocates for Youth conducted a survey of the 1,050 students who participated in the Burton Book Fund in the 2016-17 academic year.  The survey was sent via email directly to the Burton Book Fund recipients. A total of 337 students responded to the survey over the one-month survey period.

January 2017

THP+FC & THP-Plus Program Snapshots, September 30, 2016

These quarterly program snapshots present moment-in-time, statewide, aggregate information on California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth, based on demographic and outcome data from the THP+FC and THP-Plus Participant Tracking Systems.

December 2016

2015-16 THP-Plus & THP+FC Annual Report

The 2015-16 Annual Report details the status of THP-Plus and THP+FC, California’s transitional housing programs for current and former foster and probation youth.

August 2016

Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success

A report on the data shared by California College Pathways campuses.

October 2015