Trial Discharge

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Trial Discharge

A trial discharge is a six-month period where you are technically in the custody of ACS, but are able to live on your own in the community. Your agency must get permission from the Family Court and explain to the Court why you should be trial discharged before they can discharge you. Your lawyer must also agree. Your lawyer is entitled to 10 days advance notice of the trial discharge. Before you are discharged, the agency must continue to assist you in finding services, and providing clothing allowances and Independent Living stipends. Your agency must help you find housing or take you back into a group or foster home if you become homeless during this period. A trial discharge is required for all young adults being discharged to independent living. After six months, trial discharge becomes a final discharge.