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Aging Out of Foster Care

Recognizing that 18 was too young for most young adults to be without support, a bill was signed into law in September 2010 giving foster youth the option to remain in foster care and receive services and supports until age 21. The bill is called the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, and is also known as Assembly Bill 12 (AB12). Beginning January 1, 2012, young adults are allowed to remain in Extended Foster Care after they turn 18.

This additional time will help them:

Extended Foster Care Requirements

Remaining in foster care is a choice. Foster youth can decide to leave foster care when they turn 18. They can also change their minds and return to foster care in order to receive extended services and supports at any time, provided they meet the requirements. Foster youth who choose to remain in foster care after 18 are considered non-minor dependents and they need to be doing one of the following to qualify for services:

Young adults who are unable to do one of the above requirements due to a medical condition are also eligible for services and supports.

Housing Options

There are a number of living arrangement options available to young adults who continue in foster care after age 18. These options include:


Young adults who receive extended services and support to help ease the transition to adulthood also have responsibilities. They include:


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