Extended Foster Care

Youth on probation who are in placement at the age of 18 are eligible to participate in the Extended Foster Care (EFC) program until the age of 21. This program assists young adults in finding housing, employment, and other services to help them be successful in adulthood. A Probation Officer who specializes in transitional planning provides support and case management to youth in the program. In order to receive funding and services, the young adult must either attend high school, college, be employed at least 80 hours per month, be in a program to eliminate the barriers to employment, or have a debilitating disability.

At the time the youth enters EFC, their probation may be dismissed or, they may remain on probation, this will be up to probation and the Court. Either way, the youth will still be required to meet each month with the probation officer managing their case. Additionally, the Court continues to review the youth’s progress in EFC every 6 months until they reach 21 years of age.

Forms and additional information:

Know before you go - Housing for extended foster care

California Fostering Connections

California Department of Social Services - Extended foster care program

California youth connection

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