Extended Foster Care Eligibility for 17 Year-Old Who Leaves for Military

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)

One thought on “Extended Foster Care Eligibility for 17 Year-Old Who Leaves for Military

  1. Jean Vilmenay says:

    Is there a reason she wants to leave foster care prior to her 18th birthday? If she completed a few units at a local community college it will increase her options in regards to her ASVAB scores and job placement options in the military.
    So if she does this and enlist on or after her 18th birthday AB 12 would still be an option for her if for some reason the military does not work out for her. Perhaps you have both weighed this option already if not it might be worth considering. This would also leave housing options open to her if she leaves the military prior to turning 24. She closes a lot of doors for herself if she leaves prior to 18 and the military does not work out. She would loose eligibility for most of the scholarships available to foster youth for college is she leaves prior to 18.
    So no AB 12, No housing, and loss of access to most scholarships….On the other hand you might see if your ILP program can assist her in purchasing a copy of the Barron ASVAB study guide, if she has not already taken the test.

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