children now

About Us


Children Now is spearheading Coveredtil26, a statewide outreach campaign to ensure all current and former foster youth living in California know they are eligible for free Medi-Cal coverage until age 26. Previously, former foster youth in California lost coverage when they turned 21.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), young adults who were in foster care at age 18 or older are eligible for free health care until age 26. The ACA ensures that former foster youth can access the health care services they need – just like non-foster youth who can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.


For more information about Coveredtil26 or for presentations or training support on expanded Medi-Cal coverage for former foster youth, email [email protected].

For media inquiries, contact Fatima Clark at [email protected] or 213-973-5008.

About Children Now

Children Now is the leading, nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California and creating national media policies that support child development. The organization also leads The Children’s Movement of California. Learn more about Children Now.

The Coveredtil26 campaign is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, TCWF’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention.