Q: I am the social worker for a 17 year-old female who has graduated from high school. She is planning to emancipate and enter the military prior to turning 18 years-old. The question is: what if she fails boot camp and does not get into the military? Can she still participate in extended foster care?
A: No, she would not be eligible to participate in extended foster care. One of the eligibility requirements for an individual to participate in extended foster care is to have an order for foster care placement on his/her 18th birthday. If the youth is discharged from foster care prior to turning age 18, she will not meet this eligibility requirement.
Source: Welf. & Inst. Code § 11400(v)