Recognizing that 18 was too young for most youth to be without support, a bill was signed into law in 2010 giving eligible foster youth in California the option to remain in foster care and receive services and supports until age 20. The bill is called the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, and may also be known as Assembly Bill 12 (AB 12). Starting January 1, 2012, youth are allowed to remain in care after 18, enabling them to maintain a support system through their transitions to adulthood. Participating youth can receive help with their education and employment goals, as well as have time to develop lasting relationships with caring adults. New housing options are also available to youth 18 and older.
This video is full of information on what this new law can do for foster youth in California and will give pointers on who you can follow up with if you have more questions. Visit www.after18ca.org or talk to your social worker, probation officer or attorney to learn more.