On Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, the North Carolina House passed bipartisan foster care bill, House Bill 424, by a 115-0 vote. This bill, and it's companion "Fostering Success" Senate Bill 424, extends the age of foster youth receiving services from 18 years old to 21.

The legislation 

  • allows individuals to receive foster care services until age 21
  • allows individuals who choose to leave after 18, to return to foster care services till 21.
  • states beneficiaries can live apart from parental foster care (on campus or outside housing) with monthly oversight
  • has educational or employment requirements

If singed into law, the bill would take effect August 1, 2016.

More about the Fostering Success legislation and the Foster Care Family Act bills currently in the House Judiciary III committee can be read here.