Office of Foster Youth Support Services
Providing a network of success since 2008
Office of Foster Youth Support Services (OFYSS) provides a network of resources to current and former foster youth who are attending UCR. OFYSS offers the opportunity for students who experienced foster care to explore and realize their full potential, and connect with material and emotional support services.
OFYSS provides access to the following services:
- Year-round, on-campus and family housing
- Mentoring and student programming
- Mental health resources
- Health and counseling services
- Financial aid assistance and counseling
- Personalized writing tutoring
- Admission and enrollment assistance
- Monthly community lunches
- Quarterly community-building activities
- Textbook assistance (see Eligibility below)
- Food and hygiene pantry
Eligibility for OFYSS Services
To be eligible for OFYSS services, you will need to provide the following:
- Ward of Court Documentation illustrating you spent 24 hours or longer in foster care at any time prior to age 18.(OFYSS can assist with obtaining your ward of court documentation.)
- Textbook assistance for those students with demonstrated need who were in foster care for any period of time during adolescence (i.e., ages 13–18).
Guardian Scholars Program
The Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) provides an intensive and case-managed network of resources to students who are currently in extended foster care, and who will or have already “aged out” or “emancipated” from the foster care system.
GSP prioritizes our most vulnerable subset of foster youth, namely those who were not reunited with kin or adopted out of the system. Our goal is to facilitate the successful pursuit of higher education for emancipated foster youth by offering augmented services, including financial assistance to provide basic needs, such as housing, medical co-pays and access to educational opportunities.
GSP offers access to the following services (in addition to those noted above)
- Priority registration
- Priority housing
- Weekly community-building activities
- Financial awards for basic living expenses, educational and emergency needs
Eligibility for GSP Services
To be eligible for GSP services, you will need to:
- Be a current ward of the court through the foster care system or have aged out of care.
- Have an independent financial aid status.
- Be between ages 16–26 at the time you begin your studies at UCR.