National Center for Youth Law


Santa Cruz County Demonstration Site

As FosterEd’s first demonstration site in California, the pilot project in Santa Cruz County, involved a remarkable level of support and collaboration among public agencies and community-based organizations, ultimately leading to the project being successfully sustained through public agency funding. FosterEd: Santa Cruz County started as an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law; the Santa Cruz County Office of Education; Family and Children’s Services; Children’s Mental Health; CASA of Santa Cruz County; and the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz, Juvenile Division. The Santa Cruz Demonstration site focused on improving the educational outcomes of children and youth in foster care by ensuring that every child served is supported by an educational champion and strengthened by an education team. The project launched in January 2013.