Extended foster care eligibility for youth receiving wrap around services

Q: If a 17 year old is in foster care but receiving wrap around services when she turns 18, does she qualify for extended foster care?

A: After eligibility for extended foster care is determined, then wrap around services can begin or continue for the youth. In order to determine whether a youth receiving wrap around is going to be eligible for AB 12 services, the same threshold criteria must be met:  there must be a court order for foster care placement when the youth turns 18 years old.  If that foster care placement order is in place on the youth’s 18th birthday, then he/she is eligible for to participate in extended foster care and receive benefits under AB 12 as a non-minor dependent.  The key factor in eligibility for extended foster care is the placement order that is in effect on the youth’s 18th birthday.  If the youth is in family reunification on a trial home visit but he/she still has an order for foster care placement, then he/she will be eligible to participate in extended foster care.  NOTE: a youth is not eligible to receive a foster care payment while living in the home of a parent, but as long as there was an order for foster care placement on his/her 18th birthday, then the youth would be eligible to begin receiving foster care benefits if and when he/she moves into a licensed or approved placement. 

Alternatively, if the youth is in a family reunification status and has been RELEASED with a Home of Parent Order, then that youth does not have an order for foster care placement and is NOT eligible for AB 12 services.

  1. 1.      No citation as this was clarified by CDSS for us.

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