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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 201. Permanency Services - Prevention, Foster Care, Adoption, and Independent Living

22VAC40-201-105. Foster Care for Youth 18 to 21 Years of Age (Fostering Futures Program).

A. Foster care services shall be provided to youth who turn 18 years of age while still in foster care on or after July 1, 2016, until they reach 21 years of age if they qualify and have chosen to participate in the Fostering Futures program.

B. Youth who qualify for the Fostering Futures program are those youth who (i) turn 18 years of age on or after July 1, 2016, and were in the custody of a local Virginia department of social services but have not yet turned 21 years of age, including those who were in foster care under an entrustment agreement and (ii) are:

1. Completing secondary education or an equivalent credential;

2. Enrolled in an institution that provides post-secondary or vocational education;

3. Participating in a program or activity designed to promote employment or remove barriers to employment;

4. Employed at least 80 hours a month; or

5. Are incapable of doing any of the activities described in subdivisions 1 through 4 of this subsection due to a medical condition, which incapability is supported by regularly updated information in the program participant's case plan.

C. Fostering Futures program participants are eligible for independent living services as well as placement services; placements in congregate care are not allowable.

D. Entry into the Fostering Futures program is considered a new foster care episode, and the youth shall be evaluated for Title IV-E funding or eligibility upon entering the program.

E. There is no limit to the number of times a youth may exit and reenter the Fostering Futures program prior to his 21st birthday.

F. Youth in foster care who are committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice prior to 18 years of age, turn 18 years of age on or after July 1, 2016, and are not yet 21 years of age, are eligible to enter the Fostering Futures program upon discharge from commitment.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217 and 63.2-319 of the Code of Virginia.

 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 35, Issue 05, eff. December 1, 2018.

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