Gov. Schwarzenegger has signed a bill to allow youth to stay in the foster system until age 21.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The bill extends foster care benefits to youth between 18 and 21 who are in school, job training, or working at least part-time.
In the past, many foster youth were suddenly on their own when they turned 18, often without money or marketable skills and were more likely to become homeless, run afoul of the law or become addicted to drugs and alcohol than others their age.
The new law is unlikely to cost the state much money as federal matching funds are available for the services it mandates.