Placement and Extended Foster Care
Pre-Placement – If the Court orders out-of-home placement, the case is transferred to a probation officer who will facilitate placement with an appropriate Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) or Resource Family. If the minor's needs are best met in an STRTP, our multidisciplinary team, the Interagency Placement Committee (IPC), must assess the case. IPC is composed of Probation, Child and Adult Protective Services, Behavioral Health and other members as determined. Based on information shared at the IPC meeting, it will be determined if the minor meets one of the three criteria to placement in an STRTP.
Placement – Once the minor has been placed out of the home, the case is transferred to a probation officer who will supervise and provide case management to the youth. The officer will work with the care provider to monitor the safety and well-being of the youth and to ensure treatment needs are being met. Each youth in placement is required to appear before the Court every six months for review. A report is prepared by the probation officer with input from the family and care provider to address current progress in placement and in the home during visits. The ultimate goal is for the youth to reunify with their parent/legal guardian.
Extended Foster Care – Youth on probation who are in out-of-home placement at the age of 18 are eligible to participate in the Extended Foster Care program until the age of 21. This program assists young adults in finding housing, employment, and other services to help them be successful in adulthood. A probation officer who specializes in transitional planning provides support and case management to youth in the program. In order to receive funding and services, the young adult must either attend high school, college, be employed at least 80 hours per month, be in a program to eliminate the barriers to employment or have a debilitating disability.
At the time the youth enters Extended Foster Care, the Court may terminate the youth’s probation. However, the youth will still be required to meet each month with the probation officer. Additionally, the Court continues to review the youth’s progress every 6 months until they reach the age of 21.