Our Impact on Legislation
It's a wonderful feeling when our efforts make a brighter day for a child in care. Along the way, we've kept track of how we're helping, and how we have made a difference in the lives of foster families. We've also collected some more personal thank-yous from children in care and the amazing social workers and staff that work closely with them. We're delighted to share some of our success and their feedback with you.
House Bill 1313
This calls for the extension of foster care to age 23.Currently 20% of youth ageing out of foster care are immediately homeless. 18 months past their 21st birthday 40% become homeless.This bill helps to secure the safety of these young adults aging out of foster care. This will allow more time for agencies and organizations to better prepare this population to become productive members of their communities. The budget for this bill also includes the additional staffing needed to serve the population.
House Bill 700
This bill is an extension of the tuition bill from 2019. It adds room and board year-round, changes the age of foster care at the time of graduation to age 14, and requires each college to appoint a liaison at each school to provide resources and guidance for youth in foster care. She also changed the wording from colleges "may" to "shall" provide.