A nonminor former dependent who wants to remain eligible for AFDC-FC benefits beyond the age of 18 must complete and sign the mutual agreement (SOC 162) prior to or within the month of turning 18 years old.
It is the responsibility of the guardian to request the extension of AFDC-FC benefits after the age of 18 and provide documentation that the nonminor former dependent meets one participation condition. The guardian is also responsible for notifying the county of changes in participation.
In most cases, AFDC-FC benefits are paid directly to the guardian. However, a nonminor former dependent does not have to be residing in the guardian’s home in order for the guardian to receive benefits as long as the guardian remains financially responsible for the care of the nonminor former dependent.