Commitment to Foster Youth

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Photo of a young Black youth wearing a black tee shirt. Written message on the wall behind him reads, "Tomorrow will bring good things. Stay alive to see it."

Commitment to Foster Youth
Women United Take Action

Women United is dedicated to ensuring local foster youth are prepared for a successful transition to independence and ready for success in life. While many youth in foster care are working to overcome challenges, the COVID pandemic has added even more barriers. 

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Foster Youth in Crisis
COVID-19 Update from Women United

Across California, the coronavirus pandemic has made foster youth situations worse. Children and youth in foster care have already survived a lifetime of change and uncertainty. For these children and teenagers, changes like what they are encountering right now during COVID-19 can trigger traumatic memories or symptoms. 

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Foster Youth Individual Development Account

United Way’s Women United raises funds to help foster youth prepare to be self-sufficient once they leave the foster care system. Our local United Way’s foster youth program includes case management, life skills training and financial support through the Individual Development Account (IDA) program.

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that help cover basic necessities and education-related expenses for emancipated foster youth.