Children's Law Center of Minnesota This site has information on many resources for Minnesota youth, such as emergency shelters, housing, health care, employment and education. It also has a section on legal rights of foster youth.
FosterClub This is a non-profit national network of young people in foster care. Support for youth includes connections to resources in the youth's community, helping youth advocate for oneself, emotional support and inspiring stories of former foster youth now leading successful lives.
Medical Assistance benefits for former foster care youth The Affordable Care Act (Section 2004) extends Medical Assistance benefits to youth leaving foster care on or after their 18th birthday up to age 26. This became effective Jan. 1, 2014. Minnesota law also supports this Medical Assistance category.
TeensHealth This site is a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions and life. The doctor-approved information is meant to help teens make educated decisions - or help a friend who needs advice.
Youthhood This site offers tools to help young adults plan for life after high school. It was designed by staff at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education This site offers information about financial aid programs and helps young Minnesotans gain access to post-secondary education. Topics of interest include preparing for college, choosing a college and paying for college.
Minnesota TRiO programs offer pre-college and post-secondary programs designed to help students with low incomes and first generation students enter and graduate from college.
Foster youth and parents share their experiences in new videos
In April, the Minnesota Department of Human Services partnered with several organizations to host an early screening of the new documentary "Foster," which premiered on HBO in early May. During the event department staff sat down with some foster parents and former foster youth to discuss their experiences, and ways the foster care system could be improved. In this video, Leland talks about the importance of listening to foster youth, and how his foster parents created a safe space for him to come out as his true self. Leland is on the departments Youth Leadership Council.