Tosha Thomas

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

McAllister, Carolyn

Second Advisor

Richter, Sally

Third Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary


This study proposes to examine AB 12; California's Fostering Connections to Success Act, as it relates to the experiences of foster parents that choose to care for young adults after they turn 18. Assembly Bill 12 (AB 12) was passed in 2010 and formerly extends the time youth can remain in foster care in California. The purpose of this study was to identify the impact of the implementation of California's Fostering Connections to Success Act, AB 12 on foster parents working with young adults in extended foster care. The goals of this study include identifying gaps in and lack of knowledge or skills needed to successfully implement AB 12 in San Bernardino County. The researcher interviewed ten foster parents working in San Bernardino County.

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