Relevant ABA Policy - August 2002

Relevant ABA Policy - August 2002

RESOLVED That the American Bar Association urges Congress and state and territorial legislatures to enact laws that provide youth in foster care full access, up to 21, to independent and transitional living services and health care, and

FURTHER RESOLVED That the American Bar Association urges state and territorial legislatures to permit the extension of jurisdiction of dependency courts over youth transitioning from foster care until age 21, when appropriate, to ensure that youth have access to the court, and to legal and social services through the court, and to fully implement the provisions of the federal Foster Care Independence Act, including implementation of the Medicaid expansion option, and

FURTHER RESOLVED That the American Bar Association work to ensure that youth transitioning out of foster care have access to competent counsel who can advocate for necessary services and safeguards.

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