Governor Schwarzenegger Signs AB 12

Legislation Improves Foster Care System

On Tuesday, September 30,2010 Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 12! One of Aspiranet’s Merced Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+) clients, Delores, along with Merced Program Manager, Luis Madrid, was present for the signing.

With this legislation, 1 in 5 youth who “age out” nationally will receive the support of the foster care system to age 21, ending an era of neglect and providing youth in foster care with the same common-sense assistance provided to children from in-tact families. Thousands of relative care providers will participate in the new, federally-funded subsidized guardianship program, providing much needed support that promotes stability among children. Thank you to everyone who has made this historic moment possible. You made calls, visited Sacramento, wrote letters and together, you sent the message that California can and must do better for its children and youth in foster care.

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