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Among other provisions, the act extends specified foster care benefits to youth up to 19, 20, and 21 years of age, described as nonminor dependents, if specified conditions are met, commencing January 1, 2012.

This bill also would make a nonminor dependent who has been receiving specified aid, as described above, between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012, and who attains 19 years of age prior to January 1, 2013, eligible to continue to receive that aid, notwithstanding the age limitations in existing law, provided that the nonminor dependent continues to meet all other applicable eligibility requirements.

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Existing law authorizes payment of Cal WORKs aid to a nonminor dependent placed in the approved home of a relative, as specified, if the nonminor dependent is involved in certain educational or employment activities.

This bill would authorize the Cal WORKs payments described above to be made out of state when the nonminor dependent is placed in the approved home of a relative who resides in another state.

The bill would further authorize court-ordered family reunification services to continue for a nonminor dependent who attains 18 years of age during the review hearing time period until the next 6-month review hearing, if all parties agree that family reunification is in the best interests of the nonminor dependent and that there is a substantial probability that the nonminor dependent will be returned home at or before the next review hearing.

This bill would provide that the provision of these services would not affect the nonminor dependant’s eligibility for extended foster care benefits.

By increasing county duties, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

This bill would revise the provisions relating to state-funded and federally funded Kin-GAP payments, and would make Kin-GAP and Adoption Assistance Program payments for nonminor former dependents between 20 and 21 years of age contingent upon appropriations by the Legislature.The bill would expand the definition of a relative for purposes of the federally funded Kin-GAP program.The bill also would revise various definitions applicable to the AFDC-FC program relating to nonminor dependents and transitional housing services.This bill would include THP-Plus Foster Care within the definition of a community care facility for purposes of the Community Care Facilities Act.By expanding application of the act, this bill would expand the scope of an existing crime, thus imposing a state-mandated local program.Existing law defines Transitional Housing Placement Plus (THP-Plus) Foster Care as a placement that offers supervised housing opportunities and supportive services to eligible nonminor dependents, as specified.

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