Concerned lawmakers call for extended support for foster youth entering adulthood. Services should continue until 21-years-old.

As teens age-out of the foster care system, protracted services for older kids has been requested by important leaders like U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Boxer has introduced legislation (S1512) that would offer states the option of providing foster care to older youth by extending federal funding to age 21. Organizations from around the country are signing on to support her proposal, including the American Bar Association, which will adopt a resolution to expand support for older youth in foster care at its annual conference held this week in San Francisco.

At the American Bar Association’s annual meeting, members will vote on a resolution calling for all states to offer foster care services, including housing and education, through age 21. The resolution also calls for extending the federal McKinney-Vento Act, which provides educational rights to homeless students, to cover foster children.

Twenty-six states cut off assistance when foster youth turn 18. The others offer varying degrees of help. Only a few states allow all youth to voluntarily remain in foster care through age 19, 20 or 21 .

2 thoughts on “Concerned lawmakers call for extended support for foster youth entering adulthood. Services should continue until 21-years-old.

  • June 20, 2009 at 8:39 am
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    The legislation introduce by Boxer benefits many youths. It make her earns her good points. But I wonder how would she react upon knowing that she is now the headline news in the newspaper? Well, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is making headlines, but it isn’t for doing something useful for the nation or the citizens of California. Barbara Boxer, though rightfully proud of becoming a Senator, grilled Brigadier General Michael Walsh of the Army Corps of Engineers for calling her Ma’am. The title is one of respect, but apparently it wasn’t good enough, so she insisted he call her “Senator.” Senator Boxer would likely give payday loans now to make this go away. The nation has real problems before it, and Barbara Boxer has decided to waste valuable time with trifles rather than put effort and maybe a cash advance into getting something useful done.

  • June 20, 2009 at 8:41 am
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    The legislation introduce by Boxer benefits many youths. It make her earns good points. But I wonder how would she react upon knowing that she is now the headline news in the newspaper? Well, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is making headlines, but it isn’t for doing something useful for the nation or the citizens of California. Barbara Boxer, though rightfully proud of becoming a Senator, grilled Brigadier General Michael Walsh of the Army Corps of Engineers for calling her Ma’am. The title is one of respect, but apparently it wasn’t good enough, so she insisted he call her “Senator.” Senator Boxer would likely give payday loans now to make this go away. The nation has real problems before it, and Barbara Boxer has decided to waste valuable time with trifles rather than put effort and maybe a cash advance into getting something useful done.

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