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Effective January 1, 2012, the bill allows eligible 18 year olds in foster care to remain in foster care up to age 19 years. Starting January 1, 2013 foster youth can remain in foster care up to age 20 years, and starting January 1, 2014 up to age 21 years contingent upon budget appropriation by the state legislature. Youth over age 18 years in foster care are designated as “nonminor dependents.”
Basic Eligibility Requirements
* At the six month hearing prior to youth’s 18th birthday, the social worker/probation officer must have a plan to ensure the youth meets at least ONE of the following criteria:
1) Completing high school or equivalent program (e.g. GED); OR
2) Enrolling in college, community college or a vocational education program; OR
3) Employed at least 80 hours a month; OR
4) Participating in a program designed to promote or remove barriers to employment; OR
5) Unable to do one of the above requirements because of a medical condition.
AB 194:
This bill would require our public colleges and universities to grant priority for admission to foster youth and former foster youth.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
1)      Foster youth/ Ward of Court with “ward of court” documentation.
2)      (If at a community college) having not achieved a degree from an accredited institution.
3)      Under the age of 24.
OCC Guardian Scholars will always support any current or former foster youth/ ward of court within or outside of these eligibility requirements.