Nov. 2, 2017: PARK LABREA NEWS/BEVERLY PRESS - Law authored by Mitchell clarifies rules for youth in foster care
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to help foster youth transition into adulthood by improving their safety net of resources, peers and family.
“This new law will put into practice what we’ve learned over the past several years about the best way to help foster youth transition out of the foster-care system into adulthood,” said Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), author of the legislation.
SB 612 will make permanent elements of the state’s Transitional Housing Placement + Foster Care program by updating regulations to reflect best practices learned over the past five years. In 2012, the California Department of Social Services created temporary regulations called “THP+FC Interim Licensing Standards” that have been followed but never officially adopted as permanent regulations.
It created overlapping policies between minors and adult dependents. State officials acknowledged that minors and adult dependents have different needs and that Mitchell’s bill was necessary for clarity.
“SB 612 will permit the THP+FC programs to allow non-minor dependents to co-sign apartment rental agreements and streamline the hiring process of case managers who work with youth on critical life skills,” said Danielle Mole, senior policy advocate for the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, which sponsored the bill. These skills include navigating the education system, applying for jobs, and finding and keeping safe and stable housing.
Supporters included the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, the Children’s Advocacy Institute, First Place for Youth and Parents by Choice. SB 612 takes effect on Jan. 1.
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