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Your Rights, Your Life - A Resource for Youth in Foster Care

Resource Author/Owner/Service Provider

The Mockingbird Society


Your Rights, Your Life is a resource for youth in foster care, ages 12 and older, including youth in group care facilities. The information in this manual is specifically written for youth ages 12 and older. Certain laws or policies may have different age applications and are specified within the manual as needed.

Other Eligibility

Youth in Foster Care

Target Audience

Youth Only




Abuse/NeglectEducation while in Foster CareEmployment SupportsFinancial AidFinancial SupportsHealth InsuranceHigher EducationHousing SupportsLegal Rights/Protective ServicesLife Skill DevelopmentSelf-AdvocacySexual HealthTransitions to Adulthood

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Information and support for individuals and families with behavioral, emotional, physical and/or mental health challenges.

Financial Assistance

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Information regarding the discrimination against people with physical/mental disabilities, as well as information on protective services.

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Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council