Q: I was participating in EFC and receiving AB 12 benefits when I was 18 and then turned 19 years old a couple of months ago and the dependency court terminated my case. I was informed that I could re-enter on January 1, 2013 but is there a way I can re-enter before then?
A: Yes, the budget trailer bill that the governor signed in June 2012 included a fix for this exact situation. If a youth was receiving AB 12 benefits in 2012 immediately before turning 19, they can continue to receive benefits after they turn 19. Further, if a youth exited foster care in 2012 solely due to turning 19, the youth can re-enter immediately and does not have to wait until January 1, 2013.
Citation: Welf. & Inst. Code § 10103.5 and Senate Bill § 1013 (Chapter 35, 2012).