Your Home

You have the right…

  • To live in a safe, healthy, and comfortable home where you are treated with respect.
  • To not be locked in a room, building, or facility premises, unless you are placed in a community treatment facility.
  • To receive adequate and healthy food, adequate clothing, and, if you live in a group home, an allowance.
  • To attend religious services and activities of your choice.
  • To be placed in out-of-home care according to your gender identity, regardless of the gender or sex listed in your court or child welfare records.
  • To have caregivers who have received instruction on cultural competency and sensitivity relating to, and best practices for, providing adequate care to LGBT youth in out-of-home care.
  • To have caregivers with trauma-informed training.
  • To participate in extracurricular and social activities.
  • To get age-appropriate and reasonable access to the internet, a computer, or tablet.








Your Plans for
the Future

Your Sexual Orientation,
Gender Identity & Expression (SOGIE)

Do you feel your rights as a foster youth have been violated?

If so, you also have the right to contact the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services or the State Foster Care Ombudsperson regarding any violations of your rights. You can speak to representatives of these offices confidentially, and have a right to be free from threats or punishment for making complaints.

To make a complaint with Community Care Licensing, email or call 1-844-538-8766. You can also visit the website at

To contact or make a complaint with the Foster Care Ombudsperson, email, call 1-877-846-1602, or visit their website at

Additional Links

High School Graduation

EBCLO’s Education Advocacy Program assists youth in achieving their high school completion goals. This page provides details about the program and resources.

Transitional Age Youth (TAY)

EBCLO works with many TAY, and we’ve compiled tips for young people who are participating in extended foster care or want to return to extended foster care. 


EBCLO’s Education Advocacy Program works to help youth succeed in school.