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- Independent Living Program (ILP): Offers housing assistance, funds for higher education, and opportunities for building independent living skills to youth who have been in or who are in foster care. Office located at 175 NE Kings Valley HWY Suite, Dallas, OR 97338 . http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/fostercare/ILP/Pages/Index.aspx
- Department of Education Foster Care Transition Tool Kit: This toolkit serves to inspire and support youth currently in foster care and young adults who have aged out of care to pursue college and career opportunities. As students prepare to transition to adult life in today’s economy, it’s important to be prepared to independently make decisions, advocate for personal needs, manage financial or health concerns as well as secure housing and transportation. These systems are difficult to navigate alone. Recognizing that these systems may be challenging and that the transition from foster care can be confusing, this toolkit includes tips and resources to help youth and young adults tackle social, emotional, educational, skills and resource barriers.
- iFoster: An online resource center for foster youth. Free to join, membership includes connections to job opportunities and various resources, discounts on products and services across the country, and access to a digital locker to keep track of important documents, applications, etc. https://www.ifoster.org/iFosterForYouth.aspx
- Foster Care Alumni of America: The mission of Foster Care Alumni of America is to connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care. http://www.fostercarealumni.org/
- FosterU.org: Part of Foster Care to Success: Provides information about national and state programs benefitting foster youth in addition to Medicaid info, policy news, and more.” http://www.fosteru.org
- Oregon Foster Youth Connection: A statewide, youth led, advocacy group of current and former foster youth focused on advocacy and participation in the development of foster care policies, programs, and practices. Marion County Chapter meets in Salem every first Thursday of the month. https://oryouthconnection.org/about/
- Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI): A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advocating for foster youth to policymakers. CCAI offers a Foster Youth Internship Program, a highly esteemed congressional internship for young adults who spent time in the foster care system to raise awareness to federal policymakers about foster care, child welfare, financing, and abuse and neglect. http://www.ccainstitute.org/
- 2-1-1 InfoA free and confidential nonprofit resource referral service available by calling 211, searching 211info.org, texting your zip code to 898211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They also have a free app available for download. 211 can connect you with nearly 3,000 agencies and 50,000 programs in areas including food assistance, childcare, employment, energy assistance, and many other health and social service needs.