Starting January 1, 2017, foster care support services in North Carolina are available to young adults aged 18 to 21 as part of the new state program, “Foster 18 to 21,” which was passed in the 2015 session of the North Carolina General Assembly (N.C.G.S.). This program, which is estimated to serve 500 to 1,000 young adults at any given time, offers opportunities to continue foster care placement and transition to independence with county child welfare agency supervision. Young adults who participate will remain eligible for foster care maintenance payments at the standard board rate as . . .