Fostering Connections to Success Act

The California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12, followed by clean-up bills AB 212, 712, and 787) went into effect in January of 2012.  This landmark legislation extends jurisdiction for youth in foster care -- and some youth in the delinquency system -- until age 21 (previously the law only allowed jurisdiction until age 18) in an effort to improve outcomes for transitioning youth and to allow time and resources to better prepare them for independence. AB 12 was authored by Assembly Member Jim Beall, Jr. and Speaker-Emeritus Karen Bass. The California Fostering Connections to Success Act was signed into law in September 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was later amended by AB 212, which was signed in October 2011. In addition to new housing options and promoting responsibility and independence, youth who close their case will also have the ability to re-enter foster care prior to reaching the maximum age limit. The Children’s Law Center is proud to be one of the nine original co-Sponsors of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act and to have a team of Peer Advocates headed by CA Fostering Connections Project Coordinator Lindsay Elliott available to assist clients with accessing the benefits of AB 12.
Useful Links
  • Federal Fostering Connections Resource Center:
  • A collection of information and resources related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections law.
  • California Fostering Connections:
  • A collection of material and information relating to the implementation of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12/212), including legislative history, previous training material, updated ALL County Letters regarding extended foster care, as well as general information on the state implementation process of AB 12/212.
  • A youth friendly link that includes links to a Facebook page about the CA Fostering Connections to Success Act, as well as information material designed to assist youth in learning more about this new law.
  • CalSWEC AB 12 Training Material:
  • Regional Training Academy Coordination Center that contains training resources that have been developed to support implementation of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act.
Attorney Resources
CLC Practice Guides
1) California Fostering Connections to Success Fact Sheet (AB 12 Fact Sheet) - A "quick reference" guide designed to assist attorneys and judicial officers in understanding the basics of AB 12.
2) California Fostering Connections to Success Act Practice Tips - A memorandum containing information about age eligibility issues related to AB 12/212, along with practice tips for attorneys.
3) Kin-Gap Fact Sheet - A memorandum highlighting the changes to the Kin-GAP program as a result of the implementation of AB 12/212, including practice tips.
4) CLC Hearing Guides - A user-friendly attorney hearing guide.
5) Re-entry Fact Sheet: A memorandum containing information about the re-entry process.
Power Point Presentations
1) California Fostering Connections Overview - A power point presented at the 2011 Beyond the Bench Conference which provides an extensive overview of AB 12/212, including both the dependency and delinquency provisions.
2) California Fostering Connections Legal Process Overview - A power point presented at the 2011 Beyond the Bench Conference, which provides an extensive overview of the dependency legal process of AB 12/212.
2) Assembly Bill 212: amends AB 12
Rules of Court
Rule 5.555- Hearing to consider termination of juvenile court jurisdiction over a nonminordependents or wards of the juvenile court in a foster care placement and nonminor dependents.
Rule 5.707 - Review hearing requirements for child approaching majority.
Rule 5.812 - Additional requirements for any hearing to terminate jurisdiction over child in foster care and for status review hearing for child approaching majority.
Rule 5.900 - Nonminor dependent-preliminary provisions.
Rule 5.903 - Nonminor dependent status review hearing.
Rule 5.906 - Request by nonminor for the juvenile court to resume jurisdiction.
Court Forms
1) Young Adult Outcomes of Youth Exiting Dependent or Delinquent Care in Los Angeles County 
By Dennis P. Culhane, University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Byrne, University of Pennsylvania, Stephen Metraux, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Manuel Moreno, Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health, Halil Toros, Los Angeles County, Max Stevens, Los Angeles County. This report investigates the young adult outcomes of youth who age-out of or otherwise exit Los Angeles County’s child welfare supervised foster care system and/or juvenile probation system.
By Mark Courtney, Amy Dworsky, JoAnn Lee, and Melissa Raap. Reports on the fourth wave of data collection (2010), a project of Chapin Hall (University of Chicago), Partners for Our Children (University of Washington), and the Survey Center (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
By Mark E. Courtney, Amy Dworsky, Gretchen Ruth Cusick, Judy Havlicek, Alfred Perez and Tom Keller; Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago; December 2007. Provides detailed findings from the third wave of data from a longitudinal study of former foster youth in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
By Mark E. Courtney, Amy Dworsky and Clark Peters; Partners for Our Children; March 2009. Analyzes the potential costs and benefits of allowing foster youth to remain in care until age 21. Findings suggest that costs are more than offset by the potential benefits to foster youth and society.
This is the completed study by researchers Mark Courtney, Amy Dworsky and Laura Napolitano of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago regarding the implementation of Fostering Connections Act in California. The study provides a look into the process that took place following passage of Assembly Bill 12 in 2010, which extended support for youth in California to age 21.