AB-12 Extended Foster Care
AB12 EXTENDED FOSTER CARE
On March 2013, North Star Family Center was licensed to provide extended foster care services. In California, Assembly Bill 12 (AB-12), known as the California Fostering Connection to Success Act, was signed into law in 2010. This bill extends eligibility to remain in foster care until the age of 21. The bill is designed to address the need for ongoing services to youth after the age of 18. In California, foster youth emancipated at the age of 18 were not prepared for the change outside of foster care and many did not have a stable living situation.
North Star Family Center recognized the need for the extension and updated its program statement to provide services to youth 18-21 years old. As part of the program, youth can remain with their resource families and services can be provided as they were prior to turning 18. This enables youth to enroll in college, seek employment, and make other transitions into adulthood supported through a continuum of support, services, and living stability. Youth eligible for this program will continue to receive mental health services, financial support, and—most importantly—a healthy and secure living situation.
Our agency has developed a training curriculum for resource families interested in providing a secure living situation for our youth. Training includes a review of regulations, youth development, resource parent expectations, and shared living agreements. North Star Family Center is dedicated to provide comprehensive support to help youth achieve a positive transition into adulthood. We want our youth to be prepared for success as they depart the foster care system.
North Star Family Center is searching for families who want to provide stability, guidance, and a healthy home for our foster youth. Our youth need you.
At North Star Family Center we provide professional services and a caring environment where the healing process begins. The money donated will help us provide school supplies, scholarships, recreational activities and family events. In advance, we appreciate the support of our community. Thank you!
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