Q: I’ve heard that youth in guardianships are only eligible for extended benefits if the guardianship began after the age of 16. Is this true?
A: It depends on the type of guardianship. Youth in non-related legal guardianships created in juvenile court are eligible for extended benefits up to age 21 regardless of the age that the youth entered the guardianship. Youth in non-related legal guardianship’s created in probate court are not eligible for extended benefits at all. Youth in guardianship through the Kin-GAP program must have entered Kin-GAP at age 16 or older in order to be eligible for extended benefits. However, if a youth in Kin-GAP has a disability which warrants the continuation of benefits, benefits may be extended regardless of the age the youth entered Kin-GAP.