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Advocates for Children and Youth, along with fellow organizations, recently penned a letter to Governor Hogan and the Maryland Social Services Administration about the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) incremental approach in extending the moratorium for youth aging out of foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, the DHS has extended care for these youth on a month-to-month basis with the latest moratorium expiring on September 30, 2020. While we appreciate the extension, this approach inadvertently undermines the ability of youth in care as well as local departments of social services to effectively plan and prepare for discharge.

Advocates for Children and Youth and co-signers of the letter, want Governor Hogan to issue an executive order that allows youth to remain in foster care after their 21st birthday and for at least 180 days after the last county in the state has fully re-opened.  This move will allow youth to find housing and secure jobs to better position themselves as independent contributors to Maryland’s economy.

To see the entire letter, click on the download link.