By Elise Cutini, Chief Executive Officer, Pivotal
An abridged version of this op-ed appeared in the Mercury News.
Nearly a decade ago, the AB12 Extended Foster Care Program was put into effect in California. The goal of the program, which allows eligible youth to stay in foster care until age 21, was to provide these young people with the tools necessary to be self-sufficient and socially connected. This was a huge step in the right direction, but 10 years later, two questions remain: has it been effective, and what gaps still exist?
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