Victory! CA Governor Signs Budget to Extend Foster Care
Advocacy from YLC and other advocate partners to create a lifeline for youth in foster care who were imminently facing a 21st birthday and potential homelessness during this pandemic has resulted in a major victory! California Governor Newsom has signed the Budget Act of 2020, which includes $32 million to allow youth to remain in extended foster care until June 30, 2021, as long as they turned 21 in extended foster care between April 17, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The Budget Act and its accompanying trailer bills also contained provisions waiving participation requirements for youth unable to participate in work or school due to COVID-19; waiving in-person SILP approval requirements; and allowing counties to extend participation in THP-Plus beyond the statutory age and time limits.