Two Pennsylvania laws - Act 80 and Act 91 - provide greater opportunities and support to older youth in foster care. By extending adoption and guardianship subsidies to age 21 for some youth, these laws not only help provide support and guidance for youth who are not ready to be on their own at age 18, but they will also increase the number of youth who leave the system and achieve permanency.
Act 91 amends various provisions of the Juvenile Act to expand the criteria for youth to remain dependent and under court jurisdiction. It also allows eligible youth to re-open their dependency case before turning 21 if they aged out within 90 days of turning age 18 or any time after turning age 18. View the related excerpt from Act 91 here.
Act 80 amends provisions of the Public Welfare Code to extend guardianship and adoption subsidies to age 21 for eligible youth whose subsidy arrangement became effective at age 13 or older. View the related excerpt from Act 80 here.