Re-entering Foster Care and THP+FC

Q: I am a THP-Plus provider who will be providing THP+FC effective July 1, 2013. I have a youth in our program who turned 18 in September 2011 and had a placement order for foster care in place on January 1, 2012, as required to participate in extended foster care.

The youth elected to opt-out of extended foster care in March 2012 and enter our THP-Plus program. I am now working with her to re-enter foster care to participate in THP+FC. She will turn 20 this September. Does she need to re-enter foster care by age 20? What happens if she doesn’t?

A: Yes, this youth does need to petition to re-enter before age 20; if she does not, she will have to wait until January 1, 2014, when the age limit extends to age 21.

In July 2012, the California State Legislature passed SB 1013, which was intended to prevent youth who had been receiving aid continuously from being discharged due to turning age 19 in 2012 and age 20 in 2013. However, it does not apply to those youth who elected to exit foster care voluntarily and want to re-enter.

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