Extended Foster Care
All foster youth and some probation youth in California have the option to remain in care until they are 21 years old, according to a law called AB12. Find out more at KnowB4UGo.org.
- Go to high school or enroll in a GED program
- Enroll part time in a college or trade school
- Work at least 80 hours a month
- Participate in a program that helps you find a job
- Have a medical condition that would make it impossible to meet one of the first four
Talk to your social worker of attorney if you are struggling to meet one of these participation requirements. They are supposed to help you with your education and employment goals.
- Foster Care: 800-540-4000
- Probation: 213-351-0243
If you would like to move to a new home, discuss this with your social worker or attorney to learn more. Your options include: a foster home, the home of a family member (someone other than your biological parents) or family friend, a college dorm, or your own apartment.
If you are in a guardianship or were adopted after the age of 16, you may also be eligible for Extended Foster Care funding until you turn 21. Youth in the following permanent plans are eligible for the funding extension even if their case is closed:
- Legal guardianship with a non-relative that was created at any time.
- Legal guardianship with a relative that was created at any time and where the caregiver receives CalWorks or State foster care (not Kin-Gap)
- Legal guardianship with a relative who receives Kin-Gap funding provided the guardianship was created after the youth’s 16th birthday.
- Adopted from foster care after their 16th birthday.