Q: Does every NMD have to complete the mutual agreement (SOC 162) upon turning 18 years old in order to be eligible for extended foster care?
A: No, Assembly Bill (AB) 1712 clarified that there are two categories of NMDs that do not need to complete the mutual agreement at age 18:
(1) A NMD who remains under delinquency jurisdiction after the age of 18 in order to complete his/her rehabilitative goals (remember, these youth must have an order for foster care placement on his/her 18th birthday to be eligible for extended foster care. If there is that order, the NMD who continues under delinquency jurisdiction does not have to sign a mutual agreement);
(2) A NMD who is incapable of making an informed agreement. This determination is made by the court.