B. Trial Independence

“Trial Independence,” found in Tex. Fam. Code § 263.6015, allows young adults who exit foster care on their 18th birthday or any time prior to their 21st birthday, if in extended foster care, to then decide to voluntarily return to extended foster care within six months (or within a 12-month period if authorized by a court order) for additional support. The court retaining jurisdiction allows DFPS to draw down federal dollars to help provide services to young adults who exit and later return to care. A young adult who enters or reenters extended foster care after a period of trial independence must complete a new trial independence period upon exiting extended foster care. Each trial independence period may last no more than one year. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.6015. The court's extended jurisdiction over the young adult terminates on the last day of the month in which the trial independence ends or upon the young adult's 21st birthday, whichever comes first. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.602(f). The court may, at the request of the young adult, conduct a review hearing and make specific findings, but may not compel the young adult to attend a court hearing. Tex. Fam. Code § 263.602(g).