INDEPENDENCE TRIAL. (a) a young adult is granted the independence status of a trial if the young adult does not enter extensive care at the time of the young adult`s 18th birthday; or (2) to leave advanced care before the young adult`s 21st birthday. b) No judicial decision is required for the independence of a young adult, with the exception of point (c). The independence of the trial is mandatory for a period of at least six months, beginning with: (1) the date of the young adult`s 18th birthday for a young adult, described in point a) (1); or (2) the date the young adult retires, prolongs care. (c) A court may extend the independence of the proceedings for a period greater than the mandatory period under b), but not more than one year from the date on which the period under review begins at point b). (d) Except in subsection e, a young adult entering or reintegrating extended care after a trial period is expected to conduct a new independent test in accordance with subsection b) (2). (e) Youth who receive expanded follow-up may be placed in a supervised environment where the person lives independently, in a nursing home or in a group home. 22 Me. Rev. Stat.
tit. 22, 4037-A (2). According to the department`s policy, young people can remain under guardianship even if there are “technical needs that cannot be covered by another plan.” Me. Dep`t of Health and Human Servs., Child and Family Services Policy . V.T (2012). The Extended Foster Care program offers young adults who were dependents at the age of 18 the opportunity to voluntarily consent to continue to obtain care services, including intermediation services, while working on their independence goals. A young adult may, at any time before the month before the young adult`s 21st birthday, return to an extended care withdrawal if authorized. 40 Tex.
Administrator. Code 700.346 (e). Eligible youth include those who were legally adopted after the age of 18, whose adoption was disrupted before the age of 21, and a “young person has been taken into care and is now experiencing factors that put young people at risk of homelessness.” Id. When the young person leaves V9 status and then returns to V9 status, the court must make a first judicial finding that continued care is in the best interests of the child. Id. Young people must also “sign adults and continue to abide by the conditions of an extensive voluntary care agreement, including monthly visits by minors and participation in all expanded hearings necessary for the examination of care.” Young people who meet the eligibility criteria can negotiate with the Department an Advanced Voluntary Assistance Agreement (V9) for expanded mediation and other support, including case management, until their 21st birthday.