Supposing an 18-year-old high-school senior’s parents die a few months (or even weeks) shy of her graduation date. Assume further that her grandparents, aunts and uncles are dead or live in another state.
At 18, she is no longer a minor and thus is too old to be made a ward of the state. However, she would still have to either finish High School or drop out, which seems awfully harsh to me. I mean, here’s an 18-year-old kid who is told, in essence, “Well, it looks like you’ll have to drop out of school to support yourself. Hate that for you.”
Is there some legal provision or safety net for such a person? Could she draw some sort of welfare to continue living in her parents’ home until she graduated? Any ideas?