Under AB 12, you can continue to stay with your current caregiver or live in another foster home.
It used to be that when a foster youth turned 18, their dependency case closed. However, studies have shown that youth who continue to get support from the foster care system past 18 years old do better in life – they earn more, have fewer pregnancies, are more able to live on their own, and are more likely to graduate from college. That is why a new law, AB12, was passed in 2010. Now youth can choose to remain in foster care and continue to receive supportive services up to age 21!
To receive benefits, eligible youth must have turned 18 after January 1, 2012 and have a foster care/suitable placement order on their 18th birthday. Continue Reading →
In order to participate in AB12, you must be: Continue Reading →
Talk to your social worker and attorney if you would like to continue to receive foster care benefits after you turn 18. Continue Reading →
You should get a Transition Planning Conference 90 days before your case closes or 90 days before you turn 18 years old — whichever comes first (OR before you age out of guardianship with a non-related legal guardian). Continue Reading →
First, remember that you are not alone. There are people and agencies that want to help you. Continue Reading →