Know Before You Go Extended Care Tool Kit

Why is this information important?
As you transition to being an adult, it is important that you know your legal rights and what tools and resources are available to you. This toolkit is a place to keep your important documents organized and secure. Learn about AB 12, also known as Extended Foster Care, the new law that allows you to stay in foster care after you turn 18. If your case is closed, learn about services available to you after foster care and how you may be able to re-enter if you need help.

Who should I review these documents with?
It is a good idea for you to talk about these resources with anyone helping you in your transition out of foster care, including your lawyer, social worker, probation officer, transition coordinator or an adult you confide in and trust.

In this toolkit, you will find:

Extended Foster Care to Age 21
Extended Foster Care Brochure
Re-entry: Coming Back into Extended Foster Care
Re-entry: Coming Back into Extended Foster Care (statewide version)
Housing Options
Supervised Independent Living Placement
Supervised Independent Living Placement (statewide version)
Apartment Leasing
Transitional Independent Living Plan

Education and Employment
Partial Credits
Graduation Under AB 167/216
High School Graduation Alternatives
Higher Education Options 
Applying and Paying for College 
College Options 
Scholarship Resources
California Chafee Grant
Get That Job

Mind, Body and Health
Pregnant and Parenting Youth
Pregnant and Parenting Youth (statewide version)
Reproductive Health
Reproductive Health (statewide version)
Medi-Cal Coverage Until 26
Therapeutic Support
Avoiding “The Life”
Supplemental Security Income
CalFresh Flyer

Support Services
NextStep Program Flyer
Free Know Before You Go Smart Phone App, Download the app here.
Metro Tap Pass
Free Phones Discount Laptops Web

Money Smarts
Building Good Credit
Avoiding Consumer Scams/False Ads
Identity Theft