What Is Aging Out Of Foster Care?
When a person turns 18, they receive certain rights, like the right to vote; but they are also deemed to be the age of majority. This means that they are no longer a child, but rather, are an adult and are emancipated. Once a person is emancipated any contract they create can become binding, they will be responsible for their actions and they have to pay their own taxes. When a child in foster care turns 18, or when they graduate from high school, whichever comes first, they are usually deemed to have aged out of foster care. This means that they are no longer in the foster care system and are now solely responsible for their well-being. Recently, some states have begun to raise the aging out age to 21, and under the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, the government has provided funds to assist youth and young adults transition into adulthood. Aging out of foster care can be a very scary time for young adults and an attorney can help make sure that you find the right program to help your transition.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.