May 31, 2018 Practice Points

Resources to Assist Lawyers in Advocating for Older Youth

By Cathy Krebs

Many states have extended foster care beyond the age of 18 which can make the transition to adulthood easier for foster youth, providing them with critical financial, housing and emotional support.  State laws vary regarding the provision of extended foster care, the rules for extending care and whether youth can re-enter care once they’ve left.  The Juvenile Law Center has released a new resource which provides an overview of each state’s law as well as recommendations on how best to provide extended foster care.  This resource can assist lawyers in better understanding the laws of their own states, including information around funding, as well as providing important information to assist lawyers in advocating for needed changes in their state laws.

Cathy Krebs is the committee director of the Children's Rights Litigation Committee.

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