The Fostering Success Program provides support to CSU students who have experienced foster care, kinship care, group homes, ward of court, orphan status, or other independent backgrounds.  We strive to provide guidance starting with the application process and continuing all the way through to graduation and career placement.

The terms below are commonly used to define independent youth status.  Eligibility for CSU’s Fostering Success Program is determined by experience in one of the categories below between the ages of 13 and 23 years.  

Foster Care:  means 24-hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the State agency has placement and care responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and pre-adoptive homes.

Dependent or Ward of the Court:  a minor who was placed in the custody of a court appointed guardian or the court has assumed custody.

Legal guardianship: a minor placed in the custody of a court appointed guardian.

Kinship care: a minor placed in the custody of a relative by a court or Department of Human Services.

Unaccompanied homeless or at risk of being homeless youth: lacking fixed, regular an adequate housing.  You may be homeless if living in shelters, parks, motels or cars, or temporarily living with other people because you have nowhere else to go.