Youth who become too old for typical foster care programs (known as “aging out”) have a higher risk for several adverse outcomes, including homelessness, unemployment, poor education, and early pregnancies. Extended foster care programs lower these risks by continuing to offer older youth essential services and connecting with care providers before leaving the foster care system.
Youth in California who have “aged out” of the foster care program may choose to remain in the extended foster care (EFC) program until they are 21 years old. To join the EFC program, individuals:
– Must be between 18 and 21 years old
– Have been in foster care (or had an open case in the dependency court) on their 18th birthday
Contact us if you have room in your loving home for a child in need consider taking the next step to becoming a foster parent.