AB 12 / 212: California Fostering Connections to Success Act

Assembly Bill 12 (Beall; Stats. 2010, ch. 559), the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, as amended by Assembly Bill 212 (Beall; Stats. 2011, ch. 459) makes it possible to access federal funding for foster care services for dependents and wards beyond their 18th birthday, which will provide them with the time and support needed to gradually become fully independent adults. The guiding principle of this extension is to provide each eligible nonminor with the opportunity to make decisions regarding his or her housing, education, employment, and leisure activities, while ensuring the availability of ongoing support and assistance when difficulties are encountered. The 6 new rules, 2 amended rules, 10 new forms (5 optional and 5 mandatory), and 1 revised form provide the guidance and structure needed to fully implement the court process for the extension of juvenile court jurisdiction and foster care services. Resources for statewide implementation efforts are below.

List of All County Letters, Information Notices, and County Fiscal Letters Related to AB 12 (January 2014)
This is a list of ACLs, ACINs, and CFLs related to AB 12, with descriptions, and links to the documents on the Department of Social Services website.

California's Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12/212): An Overview of the Legal Process — This audiocast is from a Judicial Council webinar on 2/28/12. The training discussed AB 12 topics related to court processes, including basics of eligibility, roles and responsibilities, court hearings and process, termination of jurisdiction, reentry, specific hearings such as child's last status review hearing before turning 18, nonminor dependent review hearing, and additional considerations for wards. See "Charts" and "Court Procedures" for the handouts that accompanied this training.

"AB 12 Informational Convening, Oakland, Nov. 2, 2011, Videos" — The AB 12 Informational Convening was a full-day training on serving youth under AB 12 presented by California Fostering Connections, in association with the Judicial Council, the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) and other organizations. See the agenda for details, presenters, and breakout sessions. The training was videotaped and archived and is available through the following video links.
Introduction and Keynote, Dr. Mark Courtney
Placement & Licensing
Legal Process

California Fostering Connections to Success Act Assembly Bill 12 Primer (October 2012) — The AB 12 Primer has been updated and is available online at the California Fostering Connections to Success website. The AB 12 Primer was originally released on October 29, 2010 and was the first publication to address the many questions pertaining to AB 12 implementation. Since then, clean-up legislation has been passed and state policy has been developed, allowing the AB 12 Primer to provide more specific answers to common questions of eligibility, placement and benefits.