Dedicated to improving educational outcomes for California's children and youth in foster care.

About Us | Charter

The CA Foster Youth Education Task Force is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for foster youth in California by bringing together subject matter experts representing more than 35 organizations and agencies to engage in cross-systems collaboration.

Membership is open to anyone interested in promoting improved educational opportunities and successes for California's foster youth.

Vision
All California foster youth achieving educational success.

Purpose
To ensure successful educational outcomes for California's students in foster care and youth formerly in foster care by:

  • Increasing awareness of their educational needs
  • Promoting best and promising practices
  • Supporting compliance with existing policies
  • Promoting policy improvements and reforms across educational, child welfare, and juvenile and family court systems

Goals

  • Educational stability for students in foster care, including educational placement stability
  • Seamless educational transitions for students in foster care when school changes do occur
  • High quality educational experiences for students in foster care that result in high expectations and aspirations for students
  • Successful transition to postsecondary education and/or career technical education
  • Greater attention to improving the disparate educational outcomes for students in foster care, particularly children and youth of color
  • Increased information-sharing across systems to promote effective partnerships, improve the ability to leverage efforts toward common outcomes, and decrease duplication

Strategies

  • Information sharing
  • Problem solving
  • Consensus building
  • Reviewing, evaluating, and educating about state and local policy and current practices
  • Providing strategic communications, education and information to support best practice implementation and policy improvements
  • Improving the use of data to advance outcomes
  • Promoting the transfer of learning about strategies to improve educational outcomes
  • Engaging others (collaborative, agencies, individuals) whose work is aligned with the Task Force's
  • Responding to emerging issues
  • Evaluating and communicating the Task Force's successes

Annual Planning Process
The Task Force undertakes an annual planning process to:

  • Review progress on existing objectives
  • Set additional objectives for coming year, as needed
  • Establish work groups or committees to achieve objectives, as needed
  • Agree on content of Annual Report
  • Confirm or change Officers

Decision Making
Agreement on propositions and recommendations by consensus. Every group member:

  • Understands the decision
  • Has had a chance to express his or her ideas
  • States that he or she is willing to actively support the decision(s)
Committee decisions and recommendations will be communicated on behalf of the Task Force by the Chair and are understood to not necessarily represent the policies of individual groups represented on the Task Force.

Task Force Officers
The Task Force has a Chair and Two Vice-Chairs, as agreed upon by the membership of the Task Force. Their functions include:

  • Ensure that the Task Force achieves its purpose
  • Provide strategic direction, leadership and support to assist the Task Force in carrying out its charter
  • Encourage and facilitate member participation and engagement
  • Support effective communications with other entities
  • Provide or obtain resources as necessary for the Task Force to do its job
  • Plan meetings, including agenda development
  • Provide administrative support to the Task Force
  • Coordinate with related efforts
  • Between meetings convene ad hoc work groups to address emerging issues

Task Force Members

  • Participate actively and fully in Task Force activities to achieve the purpose and desired outcomes
  • Raise issues and work to address them collaboratively
  • Take responsibility for assignments between meetings
  • Share insights and learnings with other Task Force members
  • Actively challenge themselves to pursue fresh approaches and perspectives; explore new pathways
  • Act as emissaries to and from their Agencies
  • Coordinate with similar efforts

Staff Support
Support for the Task Force is provided by the Co-Investment Partnership's Integration Team

Committees & Workgroups
Committees will be established at Task Force meetings to accomplish specific activities included in the annual Work Plan or based on an assessment of emerging issues. The Task Force Officers will appoint Committee Chairs (ideally two co-chairs) for such committees.

Meeting Logistics

  • The Foster Youth Task Force will meet in-person on a quarterly basis on dates mutually agreed upon by Task Force members
  • The Task Force will meet by conference calls in intervening months, on the second Monday of each month, from 3:00-5:00
  • In-Person meetings will alternate between Northern and Southern California
  • The Chair and Co-Chairs will ensure that minutes are taken at each meeting
  • Teleconference capability will be provided for each meeting, whether it is in person or by phone
  • Each meeting will end with establishing the agenda for the next meeting