Q: I am the social worker for a 19 year-old non-minor dependent who is interested in participating in Job Corps. Is he able to participate in Job Corp and continue to be in extended foster care? If so, would it be possible for him to choose a Job Corp Center in another state and remain in extended foster care?
A: The non-minor dependent may participate in Job Corp while in extended foster care, provided that he meets all of the other eligibility requirements. According to the California Department of Social Services, Job Corps qualifies as an eligible placement as a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP). Further, “housing accommodations provided by Job Corps are not considered earned or “in-kind” income; therefore, this is allowable and does not affect the NMD’s eligibility for AFDC-FC benefits. Job Corps housing is exempted from the SOC 157B housing inspection checklist that is required to approve a SILP.”
As for participating in Job Corps in another state, the young person may do so and continue to participate in extended foster care. The county of jurisdiction would need to make arrangements monthly visits.