Q: I am a probation officer and am working with a 17 year-old ward who is scheduled to go to court next month. He currently has a placement order and is living with his aunt. He is making good progress and I expect that the judge will remove the placement order and put him on “release status.” If this occurs, how will it affect his eligibility for extended services to age 21, under Assembly Bill 12?
A: If the judge puts the youth on release status and removes the placement order, the youth will not be eligible for extended support services when he turns 18 years-old. In order to be eligible for extended services to age 21, under Assembly Bill 12, the youth must have an order for foster care placement on his/her 18th birthday. In this particular instance, if the judge maintained the placement order with the aunt, the youth could have probation dismissed at age 17.5 or later, and become a transition dependent under WIC 450. As a transition dependent, the youth would be eligible for AB 12 related benefits, including housing, continued funding, and extended Medi-Cal.
Source: Welf. & Inst. Code §11403(b)