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)