After 18 – California Fostering Connections to Success Act
Find information that gives foster youth the option to remain in foster care and receive services and supports until age 21. CWDA was a lead supporter of this monumental law that took effect January 1, 2012.
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. Eventually the age was extended to 21 under the law. The bill is called the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, and may also be known as Assembly Bill 12 (AB 12). As of 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.