AB 12 Eligibility for Youth with 602 Status

Q: I have a youth who remains a 602, but was told that he could be eligible for AB 12 and get funding because he was 18 years-old. Is that correct? So in other words, these kids would be AB 12-eligible automatically upon turning 18 years-old. I’m not sure how that is possible. How can they be a 602 and 450 at the same time? Can you provide me with some clarification?

A: If a probation youth with an order for out-of-home placement turns 18 years-old and remains a 602 they are entitled to continue to receive benefits and also remain subject to the terms of their probation. Once rehabilitative goals have been met and 602 status is being dismissed (assuming the youth meets other AB12 eligibility criteria), the youth is eligible to continue to participate in extended foster care under 450 jurisdiction, and has all the rights and responsibilities of any other nonminor dependent once he/she is participating under 450 jurisdiction.

Source: Welf. & Inst. Code § 14000(v), Welf. & Inst. Code § 450 et seq. 76, Welf. & Inst. Code § 607.2 et seq.

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