Extended Foster Care (EFC) through California Assembly Bill 12 (AB12)
What is this service?
Extended Foster Care offers eligible foster and probation youth supportive services on a voluntary basis between the youth’s 18th and 21st birthdays; this can include case management, a monthly financial stipend, housing assistance, and/or education and employment training opportunities, among other individualized services.
Who can use this service?
Eligible foster and probation youth (see below for eligibility requirements) may use this service.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge.
What is the process?
Step 1: Contact Your Social Worker or Probation Officer
Contact your social worker or probation officer to ask any questions you have and/or let them know you would like to participate in AB12.
Step 2: Court Procedure
Your social worker or probation officer will complete the Court documentation on your behalf, which the Court will consider at the Hearing closest to prior to your 18th birthday.
Step 3: Court Determination
The Court will consider the request and make a determination. Your social worker and probation officer will work with you to support your continued eligibility, which the Court will review at each Hearing or upon request of your social worker or probation officer.
Step 4: Complete Documentation
Your social worker or probation officer will meet with you to complete the necessary documentation to support your request, included a Mutual Agreement for Extended Foster Care (SOC162) and a Transitional Independent Living Plan and Agreement (TILP). You must agree to meet the eligibility criteria (see below).
Step 5: Eligibility Criteria
Determine if you are eligible to participate in Extended Foster Care (EFC) through California Assembly Bill 12 (AB12). See below for eligibility criteria.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is offered to qualifying foster youth who are in foster care on their 18th birthday and who agree to remain in care and meet eligibility criteria. A youth participating in EFC/AB12 through San Luis Obispo County may move anywhere in the United States and continue to receive support until the age of 21, so long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements.
For additional information contact San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services - Child Welfare at (805) 781-1700 8am-5pm Monday-Friday (Excluding Holidays).
Location, directions and hours of operation
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SLO Social Services- Higuera
3433 South Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Arroyo Grande Social Services
1086 East Grand Avenue Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
681 West Tefft Street Suite 1 Nipomo, CA 93444
Atascadero Social Services
9415 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422
Paso Robles Social Services
406 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446
Frequently Asked Questions
How will participating in EFC/AB12 help me?
Participating in EFC/AB12 offers eligible youth the opportunity to receive services and support while gaining independence, preparing youth for a successful transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency.
Who may I contact for additional information?
To determine if you are eligible to participate in EFC/AB12, please contact your assigned social worker or probation officer. If you do not know who your social worker or probation officer is, or if you have already exited foster care and would like to talk to someone about re-entering, please call our intake hotline at (805) 781-5437. You may also walk in to any County of San Luis Obispo Social Services Department office, which are open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can also visit www.slofostercare.com; click on Resources, then visit the Foster Youth tab.
Contact Social Services
Child and Adult Hotline Information:
- If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
- To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)
- To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011