CLC created a peer advocacy program in Los Angeles that employs former foster youth from diverse placement, educational and cultural backgrounds in an effort to maximize youth engagement.

CLC’s peer advocacy program provides a forum in which current foster youth connect with their peers while gaining an understanding of how the California Fostering Connections to Success Act can help them successfully transition out of the foster care system as they gradually take on more responsibilities and gain more autonomy. 

Peer advocates help with: 

  • Answering questions about extended foster care (AB 12) 
  • Advocating for youth in court 
  • Re-entering foster care (filling out forms, going to court) 
  • Information about housing (THP+FC & SILPs) 
  • Supporting youth at case meetings and conferences 
  • Education (high school completion, college, vocational training) 
  • Finding employment and job training 
  • Getting connected to help with birth control and reproductive health 
  • Finding connections that can help youth get on their feet as young adults