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In This Report, You’ll Learn
What states must do, per federal requirements, when extending foster care services.
Policy excerpts that tell how states are addressing key issues related to extended care.
Where the Fostering Connections Act affords states flexibility in extending services.
Tips for verifying if a person would qualify for Title IV-E extended care reimbursements.
This guide arms policy and program leaders with clear answers, advice and resources on implementing extended foster care in their state. It is a product of Success Beyond 18, a national campaign by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative aimed at forging a better path for young people who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
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Questions about extending foster care beyond 18? Here are your answers
This guide runs through 42 questions that state policy and program leaders frequently ask about extending foster care to age 21 under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. It shares clear answers to each question as well as early adopter experiences, relevant resources and expert perspectives, when appropriate.
Findings & Stats
For kids who opt to leave and later return to foster care, program reentry is permitted in 15 of the 18 states that have enacted extended foster care.
No Prior Necessary
Federal law doesn’t require young people to have participated in foster care before their 18th birthday to be eligible for Title IV-E extended care.
Follow the Leaders
This guide is packed with policy excerpts from states that have already extended the foster care finish line.
Extended-care states Minnesota and Indiana share their experience about continuing permanency efforts for young adults in extended care.
If a young person in extended care moves out of state, their monthly caseworker meet-ups must continue, but sessions via Skype are not sanctioned.
Statements & Quotations
Simply extending existing foster care programs and policies, which were put in place for children and youth under age 18, will not meet the developmental needs of young adults age 18 to 21.
The thoughtful design of policies must take into account this population’s unique developmental needs and then effectively translate this understanding into practice that does that same.
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