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SB 6222: Concerning expansion of extended foster care eligibility

Modifies eligibility for Extended Foster Care (EFC) services:

  • Under SB 6222,to be eligible for EFC the non-minor dependent must have been dependent at the time they reach age 18 rather than the current requirement that a non-minor dependent must be in foster care at the time they reach age 18. 
  • Non-minor dependent whose dependency case was dismissed by the court may request EFC services before age 21 (formerly 19).
  • Eligible non-minor dependents may un-enroll and re-enroll in EFC through a voluntary placement agreement an unlimited number of times (formerly once). 

The department shall allow a youth who has received EFC but has lost eligibility to reenter EFC an unlimited number of times through a voluntary placement agreement one they become eligible again. 

*Companion to HB 2330

As amended by the Human Services and Corrections committee: amendments ensure that the provisions of the bill are consistent with other statutes that relate to extended foster care. An effective date of July 1, 2018 is added.