Q: I exited the foster care system last year after I turned 18, am now 19 and would like to re-enter. I lost my county social worker’s phone number. Who do I call if I want to re-enter?
A:You can use the AB12 re-entry contact list. Scroll down to find your county and there will be a phone number and email address to contact.
To re-enter extended foster care, you must sign a voluntary re-entry agreement (SOC 163), which provides the county with the authority for placement for 180 days. Once this is signed, foster care benefits begin the date the agreement is signed or the date that you are placed in a qualified placement, whichever is later. You must agree to satisfy one of the five participation conditions of extended foster care – which is indicated by your signing the SOC 163 – then continue to satisfy that requirement pending completion of the Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) that documents your continuing participation.
For more information on extended foster care, visit the California Fostering Connections to Success Act section of the JBAY website.