Re-entry to foster care after involvement with adult criminal justice system

Q:  If a youth exits foster care and becomes involved with the adult criminal justice system, does that disqualify him from re-entering extended foster care?

A:  No; the existence of a criminal conviction does not bar the court from resuming dependency jurisdiction. If placement in a licensed or approved foster or relative home with dependent minors in the residence is planned for a youth who is re-entering, the county may elect to do a background check of the youth.  The background check is solely for purpose of determining appropriate placement.  Although the Health and Safety Code requires that adults residing in a licensed foster family home are subject to criminal background clearances, these sections do not apply to non-minor dependents residing in licensed foster family homes, because they are considered clients. This also applies to non-minor dependents in relative and non-related extended family member homes. For more information, refer to ACL 12-12.

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