Homelessness and housing/placement instability for current foster youth, youth in extended foster care and former foster youth, are critical issues facing transition-aged youth (TAY) (ages 16-25) in California. Despite broad protections and housing/placement entitlements for youth, many youth are involuntarily exited from transitional housing before reaching the maximum age or duration of participation This resource provides […]
Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) is a transitional housing program designed to provide housing and supportive transitional services to former foster youth who are 18 to 25 years of age, including youth who were placed in foster care by juvenile probation. The dual components of THP-Plus include (1) the housing subsidy and services facilitated by the county and (2) youth’s […]
The Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) is a transitional housing program that provides housing and supportive services to former foster youth who are 18 to 25 years-old, including youth who were placed in foster care by the juvenile justice court. This resource for current and former foster youth provides an overview of the THP-Plus program and […]
The Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative and Family Unification Program (FUP) are Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs available to Public Housing Authorities that work in partnership with Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs). This resource provides an overview of FYI and FUP for young people who are leaving or have left foster care.
Homelessness both during extended foster care and after leaving extended foster care are critical issues facing system-impacted transition-aged youth (TAY). This resource shows how a youth may maximize their time using housing options available to current and former foster youth in California.
Assisting young adults in securing affordable housing continues to be a challenging task. The tools included with this packet can be used as one strategy among many to help your clients access affordable housing. Please note that these strategies aim to increase your county’s use of FUP and FYI vouchers and likely will not result […]
The Transitional Housing Placement program for Non-Minor Dependents (THP-NMD) is a transitional housing placement for nonminor dependents (NMDs), ages 18 to 21. THP-NMD programs offer supervised, transitional housing services to nonminor dependent foster youth under the supervision of the county welfare department or the juvenile probation department. A transitional housing provider can serve youth ages […]
The Transitional Housing Placement Program for Minors (THP-M) is a transitional housing placement for youth in foster care ages 16 to 18. The THP-M program offers supervised, transitional housing services to foster youth under the supervision of the county welfare department or the juvenile probation department. A transitional housing provider can serve youth ages 16 […]
A few things you can do to help transition aged youth with experience in the foster care system benefit from the vital aid that was intended for them, but that many are not receiving.
A Call to Action For Transition-Aged Foster Youth During the Pandemic
Many young adults, including older youth in foster care, are eligible for an array of benefits through the American Rescue Plan, but many do not know about these benefits or how to access them. Economic Impact Payments, the Child Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, are among the benefits that young people may […]
Transition-aged youth continue to face challenges during the pandemic and recovery. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan have provided an array of funds and benefits, however, many young people and their advocates are not aware of all that is available for transition aged youth and young adults. This matrix provides […]
Youth Law Center and Bay Area Legal Aid have created a new resource that we hope will be useful to your advocacy. Ensuring Stability and Success for Youth Tenants in THP-Plus was developed to help civil legal advocates initiate capacity-building conversations about transition planning with THP-Plus providers and the county agencies that oversee them. THP-Plus is a transitional program for former foster […]
Preventing Involuntary Exits from Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) was developed after young adults reported being exited prematurely from their transitional housing programs, sometimes without notice or proper process. In THP-Plus, a transitional program for former foster youth, a quarter of program exits are involuntary. Our new advocacy guide summarizes the legal protections that young adults […]
No child should remain in custody due to the lack of a reentry plan. Now more than ever, the juvenile justice system must make every possible effort to return detained youth to their families and/or home communities. This guide is for advocates working to release detained youth and support them in the community during the […]
Did you know that the California state budget recently made changes to the eligibility requirements for THP-Plus? THP-Plus is a transitional housing program for young adults who have exited foster care, but it is time-limited. Recognizing that the normal time limitations were putting former foster youth at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis, the […]
Youth Law Center, in partnership with John Burton Advocates for Youth and Bay Area Legal Aid, has developed a resource to promote housing stability among youth in California’s Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus). THP-Plus programs provide transitional housing and supportive services for former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 24, and sometimes up to […]
Updated August 31, 2021. YLC has created an emergency planning resource to support attorneys and advocates working with transition age youth and their families during this crisis. The resource focuses on planning with TAY in foster care, but much of the content applies more broadly to all young people and their families. We hope that […]
Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) is a transitional housing placement program designed to provide housing and supportive services to former foster youth who are 18 to 24 years of age. This fact sheet discusses Transitional Housing Program-Plus.
This Youth Law Center report describes the benefits of extracurricular participation for youth, families, and communities; highlights the legal and policy supports for extracurricular participation for system-involved youth; lists system barriers to extracurricular participation; explores ways to overcome those barriers; and makes recommendations to increase extracurricular participation for system-involved youth. The report notes that extracurriculars […]
Fact sheet on AB 1849 (Gipson): Medi-Cal for Emancipating Foster Youth
Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 1849, a bill intended to reduce barriers to foster youth receiving uninterrupted Medi-Cal services as they exit care. YLC co-sponsored this bill.
Letter of support to SSA regarding extension of window for foster youth to apply for SSI benefits when transitioning out of foster care
Charts showing numbers of former foster youth enrolled in Medi-cal.
YLC Announcement for a Staff Attorney with with a minimum of seven years of experience in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare system.
Article appearing in Chronicle of Social Change on SB 12, bill to grant extended foster care benefits to probation supervised youth.
Article in Chronicle of Social Change about pending legislation, SB 12, to extend foster care benefits to probation involved youth.
Articlein Chronicle of Social Change on how SB 12 will make it easier for foster youth in probation to get extended foster care benefits.
Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB 12, a bill to provide a support net to vulnerable former foster youth under the age of 21, who were excluded in prior legislative efforts to extend foster care to youth who require the assistance and protections of the child welfare system in a healthy transition […]
Fact Sheet on Medi-Cal Coverage for former foster youth, including who qualifies, how to sign up and what does it cover.
Letter from children’s advocacy coalition to CDHCS regarding problems enrolling former foster youth in Medi-Cal through the single Streamlined Application on-line portal and urging programming changes that prioritize foster youth immediately.
Flyer from DHCS on Medi-Cal for former foster youth —who qualifies and how to sign up,
The purpose of this All County Welfare Directors Letter (AWCDL) is to provide County Department of Social Services (Counties) with guidance on the handling of the former foster care youth in the Mandatory Coverage Group and Optional Coverage Group.
This booklet, based on California law, covers some of the concerns of a youth in out-of-home care, including types of placements, guardianship, independent living, role of the courts, visitation, confidentiality, pregnancy, money, religion, driving, emancipation and rights and responsibilities of youth in out-of-home care, group or foster homes
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth in San Bernardino County (do I quality, how to sign up, what is covered)
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth in Imperial County (what is covered; how to sign up)
Fact sheet on who is eligible for Medi-Cal eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA recognizes that young adults may have difficulty obtaining affordable, comprehensive health care coverage on their own. As a result, the ACA permits young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26. For youth […]
Referral list of programs that provide legal assistance for people having trouble getting Medi-Cal or other health care services.
Webinar on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (video)
Webinar (powerpoint) on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Fresno County)
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Alameda County)
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Solano County)
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Santa Clara County)
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (how to sign up in Los Angeles County)
Fact sheet on Medi-Cal for former foster youth
Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth
Information of FFCC eligiblity requirements, including outreach form and aplication
Application and Statement of Facts for an Individual who is Over 18 and Under 26 and Who was in Foster Care Placement on His or Her 18th Birthday
Treatment of Former Foster Care Children’s Program
This powerpoint presentation was presented during the training on Tribal Youth in Transition in collaboration with the Youth Law Center, the Yurok Tribe,the California Indian Legal Services, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights at the Yurok Tribal Community Center in Klamath California on November 20, 2013. The training covered AB 12, which extends support for […]
In a question and answer format, the California Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal Eligibility Division answers advocates questions regarding the Affordable Care Act and Former Foster Youth.
Section 14005.28 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. This section shall become operative January 1, 2014.
This power point covers planning issues caregivers need to consider before the youth’s 18th birthday including permanency options (guardianship, adoption, permanent planned living arrangements) and the impact of those options on extended supports under AB 12(extended foster care, Kin-GAP, AAP) and other benefits. Special issues relative caretakers face regarding placement orders and the impact of […]
This power point covers the new foster family licensing regulations and placement options for youth 18 and older. It also covers the impact of SILPS (Supervised Independent Living Settings), Transitional Housing Programs, limitations on group home placements and other AB 12 placement provisions on youth and their kinship or foster family caregivers.
This power point covers the supports and other benefits available to help foster youth working or participating in post-secondary education or training programs as they transition to independence. Post-secondary financial aid issues, Chafee grants, SSI and planning for youth with disabilities are also covered.
This powerpoint provides an overview of AB 12 including eligibility, benefits, living settings, exit and reentry options as well as probation sanction-free jurisdictional alternatives for probation involved youth. It also includes information on how to overcome the common pitfalls and obstacles that probation-involved youth encounter in trying to access benefits under AB 12.
Power point presentation on the benefits available to youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system.
A foster care youth who is in foster care on his/her 18th birthday is entitled to zero share-of-cost (free to the youth) Medi-Cal when he/she leaves foster care until his/her 21st birthday. This fact sheet discusses Transitional Medi-Cal and Transitiona Housing Program Plus.
California Foster Youth Education Task Force’s policy brief on transition to postsecondary education and training programs describes laws that support increased access to information about post secondary options and possible courses of action to help former foster youth transition to postsecondary education and training.
This BASSC Monograph examines the current needs of youth aging out of the foster care system and programs developed to assist youth with their transition to adulthood and independent living. It is based upon a review of the most up to date national and state empirical research to identify what the challenges youth aging out […]
Older adolescents leaving foster care still face tremendous obstacles as they make the transition to adulthood. However, the increasing focus on improving foster care and permanency planning for adolescents, providing them with independent living skills, and giving them the support that they need as they make the transition out of care is cause for optimism. […]