Placement Options for Wards Participating in Extended Foster Care

Q: I am a probation officer for an 18 year-old ward who would like to participate in AB 12. The one thing preventing termination of 602 wardship and placing him into transition jurisdiction is that he still owes restitution. My question is regarding his placement options as a ward. Can we can place him in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) or THP+Foster Care?

A:  Yes, as a ward participating in extended foster care, he may be placed in a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) or THP+Foster Care, as specified in WIC 11402.  This question has been raised due to a lack of clarity in the code section that addresses placement of wards. Assembly Member Mark Stone’s bill (AB 787) includes language that removes any ambiguity and makes it clear that these are eligible placements.

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