Can a Youth be the Army Reserves and be in Extended Foster Care?

Q: Do you know if a youth can be in the Army Reserves and remain in Extended Foster Care? I am working with a youth who exited foster care to go to boot camp. He would like to return to foster care when his training is completed. I was not sure if the Reserves counts as being enlisted in the military.

A: According to the California Department of Social Services, participation in the military reserves is allowed.  However, monthly visitation is required during boot camp, which can commonly last 8 to 10 weeks.  CDSS recommends that a youth exit foster care and re-enter after boot camp.

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