Family reunification services and eligibility for extended foster care

Q:  If a youth is in a foster care placement when s/he turns 18 and has been receiving reunification services, is s/he still eligible for extended foster care benefits?

A:  Yes. As long as s/he has an order for out of home placement when s/he turns 18 and meets the eligibility for extended benefits, the fact that s/he has a reunification plan instead of a planned permanent living arrangement does not impact his/her eligibility for extended foster care.  If it is in the best interest of the youth and his/her life-long permanency needs  –  reunification services may still be offered and would be part of the Case Plan with the non-minor dependent “opting out” of foster care if s/he is able to return home and chooses to do so.

(Note:  Reference is ACL 11-69, page 4)

One thought on “Family reunification services and eligibility for extended foster care

  1. Jed Minoff says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but switching up the scenerio a bit, if that youth was on probation and older than 17 and five months and younger than 18, he/she could not be modified to 450 if still on a reunification plan. Right?

    Jed

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