Existing law establishes the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, which is permitted to adjudge certain children to be dependents of the court under certain circumstances, and prescribes various hearings and other procedures for these purposes. Under existing law, the county welfare department is required to submit reports at the first regularly scheduled review hearing after a dependent child has attained 16 years of age and at the last regularly scheduled review hearing before a dependent child attains 18 years of age, and at every regularly scheduled review hearing thereafter, verifying that specified information, documents, and services have been provided to the nonminor, including, if applicable, referrals to transitional housing or assistance in securing other stable housing. Under existing law, dependency jurisdiction over a nonminor dependent who has attained 18 years of age shall not terminate until a hearing is conducted and the department has submitted a report, as specified.
This bill would, at the last regularly scheduled review hearing held before a dependent child attains 18 years of age and at a hearing that would terminate dependency jurisdiction over a nonminor dependent who has attained 18 years of age, additionally require the county welfare department to include in its report whether housing referrals or assistance have been successful at securing stable housing, and, if not, what different or additional services the department will provide to prevent the minor or nonminor from becoming homeless if jurisdiction is terminated. By increasing the reporting duties of county welfare departments, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for specified reasons.Statutes affected:
AB 546: 391 WIC
02/10/21 - Introduced: 391 WIC