Continuing to meet extended foster care participation conditions post-partum

Q:  I am working with a non-minor dependent who recently gave birth to a child. She is taking time off from her job to be with her newborn. Does she still qualify for extended foster care and if so, under which of the participation conditions?

A: Yes, the non-minor dependent would still be eligible for extended foster care. Birth of a child does not disqualify a non-minor dependent from participating in extended foster care. Under these circumstances, she would likely meet participation condition #5, which states that the non-minor dependent is incapable of meeting participation conditions #1 to #4 due to a medical condition.

The medical condition must be verified by a healthcare practitioner and written documentation is required that the medical condition renders the individual incapable of doing any the activities that would allow her to meet one of the other four participation conditions. For more information about condition #5, refer to ACL 11-61.

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One thought on “Continuing to meet extended foster care participation conditions post-partum

  1. Jed Minoff says:

    I agree, except that spending time with the baby, although important and wonderful to be able to do, is not in of itself a medical condition. If in fact the mother is healthy, time away from one of the other requirements would need to be relatively short.

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