Aging out is a term that is used in the context of services for children and youth. Most services and programs that are publically funded have age “ceilings,” meaning you cannot be in the program past a certain age.
Even if the program still meets your current needs, when you reach that age, you automatically “age out” and will be required to move on, whether or not you wish to or are ready for it.
Aging out scenarios, if they are not planned for, can turn into a crisis. To avoid this, many service systems have developed requirements for advance planning concerning what will happen when person reaches the point when they will age out and no longer be able to access the same services .
People mature at different ages, but states must draw the line somewhere. New York's legal ages laws, for instance, establish an "age of majority" of 18 at which an individual is legally considered an adult. Minors in New York may consent to medical treatment if they are married, a parent of a child patient, or in an emergency.
While New York does not provide a formal procedure for the emancipation of minors, the court may grant a minor's request for emancipation in some rare instances. Generally, a New York court may consider a minor emancipated if he or she is:
There is no simple, single answer to this question. The line between children and adult services is drawn differently depending on the service system. For some programs and services, the transition occurs at age 18 and for others at 21. The key to successful transitions is planning. Below are some important planning activities:
No Later than Age 16
Age 17 - Age 18