Tag Archives: AB 12

THP-Plus under realignment

Q: The Administration’s realignment trailer bill was released last Friday and it appears to give county child welfare agencies the option as to whether or not to implement THP-Plus and THP-Plus Foster Care. Was THP-Plus Foster Care an option under AB 12 or was it required? How will this ultimately be determined?

A: Yes, language in the Administration’s trailer bill provides counties with the discretion to use funding provided for THP-Plus and THP-Plus Foster Care for other purposes (page 79). This is a change in the policy adopted by the California State Legislature with AB 12, which required counties to establish THP-Plus Foster Care as a placement option for non-minor dependents. The decision as to whether THP-Plus Foster Care is optional or required will be determined by the Legislature and the Administration as part of the passage of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget package.

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Continuing to meet extended foster care participation conditions post-partum

Q:  I am working with a non-minor dependent who recently gave birth to a child. She is taking time off from her job to be with her newborn. Does she still qualify for extended foster care and if so, under which of the participation conditions?

A: Yes, the non-minor dependent would still be eligible for extended foster care. Birth of a child does not disqualify a non-minor dependent from participating in extended foster care. Under these circumstances, she would likely meet participation condition #5, which states that the non-minor dependent is incapable of meeting participation conditions #1 to #4 due to a medical condition.

The medical condition must be verified by a healthcare practitioner and written documentation is required that the medical condition renders the individual incapable of doing any the activities that would allow her to meet one of the other four participation conditions. For more information about condition #5, refer to ACL 11-61.

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Extended foster care eligibility: attending school as a participation condition

Q:  My foster child will be turning 18 in the summer and wants to attend community college. Will that qualify him to be eligible for extended foster care?

A:  In order to be eligible for extended foster care, a youth must meet with one of five participation criteria. One of the five criteria is being enrolled in an institution which provides postsecondary or vocational education. In order to satisfy the criteria, a nonminor dependent must be enrolled at least half-time. In most institutions, including the California public college and university systems, this will consist of enrollment in at least six semester course units or quarter course equivalent.  As stated in ACL 11-69 on page 10, “a nonminor dependent on summer break from school is still considered participating as long as they are enrolled for the following semester.”  (Scheduled school breaks do not affect the eligibility status of nonminor dependents). There is more information about the post-secondary or vocational education participation criterion starting on page 23 of ACL 11-69.

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Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program

Q: Are refugee children who are placed into the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program and receive refugee foster care services and benefits eligible for extended foster care?

A: AB 12/212 does not have any effect on children in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program.  AB 12 concerns foster care benefits in the AFDC-FC program.  AFDC-FC is paid for children who are in state foster care and is administered by the state.  URM is a federal program.  Children in the URM program do not receive AFDC-FC.

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