Q: If a foster youth is living in a foster care placement in California but is a foster youth from another state (with services paid for by another state), is he/she eligible for AB 12 in California?
A: Assembly Bill 12 is a California specific law that extends foster care to 21 only in the state of California. In order for a youth to be AB 12 eligible, he/she has to be a California dependent with an order for foster care placement by a California juvenile court when he/she turns 18 years old. A youth from another state could be participating in their host state’s extended foster care program (EFC), if in fact that other state has adopted EFC for youth over the age of 18. If the host state has an EFC program then the host state would be working with California to place this youth in California and the host state would be paying for placement. California may agree to provide monthly visits to the youth as a courtesy to the host state, but this youth would NOT be participating in the AB 12 program.
Reference: All County Letter 11-69, page 17 speaks to out of county placements