[adapted from John Burton Foundation Newsletter]

Do you know if you qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage?

  • Were you in foster care in ANY state on your 18th birthday?
  • Do you live in California now?
  • And are you younger than 26?

If you answered yes to the questions above then YES, you qualify!

Chidlren Now has launched a youth-friendly website [Covered to 26] to inform foster youth and their allies about the Medi-Cal extension to age 26. The website includes an informational flyer geared towards youth, a fact sheet, and a document with contact information for individual counties.

What is AB 12?

April 3, 2012

Assembly Bill 12 (AB 12), the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, was signed into law in California by Governor Schwarzenegger on September 30, 2010, and allows for significant changes to the provision of foster care in the state of California. AB 12 went into effect on January 1, 2012 and extends services and a youth’s financial foster care rate benefits for youth beyond age 18. The assistance under this law can last until youth turn 20 years old (an extra 2 years). Note: There is a possibility that it may be extended a third year (until 21 years old) if approved by the state at a later date.

This is a significant law with significant and sometimes confusing or complicated changes. If you believe you may be eligible for extended care, we have gathered a few resources from different groups to help inform you about your rights and potential benefits:

AB 12 PowerPoint: What does AB12 mean to you?
After 18 Campaign Website: http://www.fosteringconnections.org/california 
Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance: AB12 Timeline & Summary
CA Fostering Connections to Success: Updated AB12 Primer
John Burton Foundation: AB12 Frequently Asked Questions