Wednesday, October 6th was a historic day for California foster youth and the social service agencies that serve and support them.
On this date, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 12, The California Fostering Connections to Success Act, extending transitional foster care services to eligible youth between18 and 21 years of age.
What the passage of AB 12 means…
Thousands of young adults, like 20 year-old Delores Taylor, will receive the support they need to transition from foster care to adult independence with the skills needed to succeed. Taylor, a former foster youth and current Aspiranet THP-Plus program participant, was on hand when Gov. Schwarzenegger signed AB 12. She spoke passionately about how, two years ago at 18 years-old, THP-Plus came to her rescue and prevented her from being forced out of the foster care system before she was ready to live on her own.
Click here to read what the passage of AB 12 means to Delores: http://www.gov.ca.gov/index.php?/speech/16134/
Studies prove that when cut loose too soon, foster youths have a much greater risk of becoming homeless, unemployed, mentally ill, pregnant or incarcerated. AB 12 provides a safety net for this group of teens in order to help them make a positive transition.
“The signing of AB 12 represents one of the most significant foster care advances we’ve seen the last 15 years,”said Jeannie Imelio, Aspiranet’s Central Valley Regional Director.
Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families, and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services through 44 satellite centers within California.
Aspiranet’s THP-Plus programs promote collaboration between private businesses and community resources/agencies, link emancipating foster youths to support services related to housing, job placement, employment training and educational enrollment and help them guide the youth to self-sufficiency.