Q: : I am working with a young woman who would like to re-enter foster care. She is living temporarily with a family friend, who works full-time and does not have any financial need. Will the financial circumstances of the household where she is living count against the young woman in her effort to re-enter foster care?
A: No, it will not. A youth who wants to voluntarily re-enter foster care after turning age 18 following dismissal of dependency is considered to be entering a new foster care episode and therefore requires a new eligibility determination. This determination will be made solely on the youth’s assets and income, and will not be affected in any way by the income and assets of the household where she is currently living.
(All County Letter 13-10)