Q: I am a social worker for a youth who was participating in extended foster care at age 18, and was then adopted by a former foster parent. When the youth was 19, her adoptive parent unexpectedly passed away. What options does this youth now have? Can she re-enter foster care?
A: Yes, a former non-minor dependent who has reached permanency, but whose adoptive parent (or former guardian) dies before the youth’s 21st birthday, may re-enter extended foster care as recently clarified in Assembly Bill 787, chaptered October 2nd (Chapter 487, Statutes of 2013).