Launched in 2009, San Jose State University's Research Institute for Foster Youth Initiatives (RIFYI) grew out of a critical need for research that increases the understanding of the relationship between child welfare practices and the educational and life outcomes for children and youth living in out of home care (foster care, groupd care, relative care). The RIFYI directly explores child welfare systems and practices and informs public policy makers and service providers in order to effect positive systems change. What makes RIFYI a unique effort is our multi-disciplinary focus in answering questions and addressing the concerns of those who have experienced placement in out of home care.