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American Bar Association Center on Children and Law

The ABA Center on Children and the Law has demonstrated a long standing interest in the issues specific to older youth in and transitioning from foster care. On October 7, 2008, President Bush signed the “Fostering Connections to Success Act” (P.L. 110-351) into law. Relevant publications about youth transitioning out of care, as well as relevant ABA Policy.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

CASA stands for the basic human rights of a child. A Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA is a volunteer assigned by a judge to a case within the dependency and neglect (D&N) system. Children in such cases are the victims of abuse and neglect and are removed from their homes and families during the process. D&N cases are civil proceedings that aim to find permanency for the child or children involved.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs is the nation's largest operating foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system. Founded in 1966, we work to provide and improve – and ultimately prevent the need for – foster care in the United States. As champions for change, we are committed to our 2020 Strategy for America's Children – a goal to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the lives of those who remain in care.

Colorado Children’s Caucus

The Children’s Caucus provides a forum for all members of the Colorado General Assembly to discuss the challenges facing Colorado’s youth and work together to develop policy recommendations to strengthen families and improve the lives of children.

Educational Law in the Child Welfare System

The Colorado Court Improvement Program created training around Educational Law in the Child Welfare System, a multi-disciplinary curriculum for improvement of understanding the Child Welfare System.

Fostering Connections Act of 2008

Implementation Toolkit Improving Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care. This publication offers assistance for those who seek to learn from other states and advocates about the tools, resources, and best practices that can improve educational outcomes in their state.

Higher Education

2016 Helen M. McLoraine Opportunity Scholarship are scholarships for individuals who have had to face extraordinary or challenging circumstances, have actively taken steps to improve their lives, and are committed to advancing their education. This program is open to clients and former clients of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the Emily K Foundation, Escuela de Guadalupe, Excelsior Youth Center, Figure Skating in Harlem, Mount St. Vincent Home, On Our Own, PHAMALY, Urban Peak, Warren Village, the WINGS Foundation, and selected Boys and Girls Clubs. Please click here for a list of specific eligibility criteria. The 2016 application deadline is April 12th. Click here to apply.


2016 Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care & Emancipating Youth is now available for eligible students. This scholarship program was created to provide educational scholarships for foster care youth who are emancipated or are in the process of preparing to emancipate from the foster care system in Colorado. Scholarship awards can be up to $10,000 per year for a total of four years.

Scholarships for individuals who have been in the Colorado foster care system for a minimum of 24 months between the ages of 13 and 18 who are planning to attend or are attending a career or technical school, community college, or four-year institution. This program is for youth in the Colorado foster care system or youth that have emancipated. Scholars may receive funding for up to four years.  The 2016 application deadline is March 24th. Please contact Emily Stanley at with questions. Please click here to sign up and apply online:

This application is for students who have not received funding through this program before.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have already received funding through the Helen M. McLoraine Scholarship for Foster Care and Emancipating Youth need to fill out a separate “reapplication.” Click here to reapply if you have already received funding through this program.


2016 Forward Steps Scholarship is a comprehensive scholarship program for young adults who have transitioned out of foster care in Colorado. They are committed to ensuring that every student has the resources and support necessary to get into and through college. The Forward Steps Guardian Scholars Scholarship provides up to $6,000 in unmet financial need per academic year. By supporting our scholars in their academic and personal development, we equip our students with the skills and tools necessary to reach their full potential as active, independent, and self-sufficient members of their community. Interested applicants should apply online at This year’s scholarship application window is February 2nd to April 4th.   Click here for more detail.


Supporting Success

Now in its second edition, Supporting Success provides useful information for college counselors, student support services programs and TRIO programs. It provides professionals and advocates with a powerful tool for improving postsecondary education and training outcomes for student in and from foster care.

Supporting Success: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Students from Foster Care (Version 2.0)

Are there higher education resources available if I have been in foster care?

  • You may be eligible for an Education and Training Voucher.  For more information:
  • If you have been in foster care after the age of 13 you may qualify as an independent student for the purposes of federal financial aid.  Do access the Confirmation of Foster Care Dependency Form
  • Bridging the Gap is a program that provides transitional housing opportunities for young adults who were in foster care. With the support of Independent Living Coaches and in collaboration with community partners, young adults are connected to supportive services that guide them as they transition to adulthood.  For more information:


Journey through Foster Care

Journey through Foster Care is a visual representation for a better understanding of the journey through Foster Care.

Legal Center for Foster Care & Education

Legal Center for Foster Care & Education serves as a national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in the foster care system.

Meeting the Educational Needs of Students in the Child Welfare System

A Tool for Teachers

Juvenile Law Center and Education Law Center of Pennsylvania have developed a set of tools to help educators and administrators understand the issues youth in the foster care system face, and to identify simple interventions that can make a difference helping youth in care succeed in school. These tools are supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way lives at the intersection of the private, public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Today we work with hundreds of local nonprofit partners, government agencies, policy-makers and businesses to deliver services in three key areas of investment: School Readiness, Youth Success, and Adult Self-Sufficiency. Visit their website for additional information and resources.

National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA)

The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators is committed to ensuring that children in the public child welfare system have safe, permanent homes by supporting and enhancing the system’s ability to successfully implement effective programs, practices, and policies.

The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

The mission of the Children’s Law Center is to change the lives of abused and neglected children through compassionate legal advocacy, education and public policy reform.

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