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Our Foster Youth Need Support Until Age 21 / Sen. Boxer Proposes Bill to Change Federal Laws

Society & Culture  (tags: youth, foster care, children )

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For most young people, graduating from high school marks an important step forward in their life as young adults. For Sara, an 18-year-old in California's foster-care system, it resulted in a step back into her abusive past.


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Esther S (45)
Monday August 6, 2007, 12:34 pm
Good for you Barbara Boxer! Even if the person doesn't go on to college (which they should), it is very expensive to even rent an apartment. They are not likely to be able to earn enough money at that point to do so. They do need more time before they are completely on their own with no help from anybody.

Cindy S (0)
Monday August 6, 2007, 8:54 pm
I think it is a good idea. In short, let us do more to prevent abuse and make children's or adult's life more livable. Many children and adults alike need better opportunities. It is very dissapointing that this world is concerned with money and even worse that having money prevents problems or even fixes problems; very dissapointing. We need more people that really care and are less concerned with money and, like in my experience, being considered too much trouble or wasting time. If we could just get past the money factor people that care could really make a difference. I wasn't a foster child myself, though even I recognize now that I needed more guidance at that age. I would agree a fragile group would also need more guidance. The world is a lot different than we expect and people in transition need to be prepared for that. It is a good idea to expand foster youth support.
Thank you.

Monday August 6, 2007, 9:37 pm
We definitely have to support and help our youth. This is a great resolution for children in the system. We all know that at 18 there's no way these kids can make a life for themselves. These abandoned children have a long, road to travel, why not make it easier for them. Three years extension would make a great difference in their lives. The government spends and wastes plenty of money on causes that are neither here nor there, or plain none of our business. We pay taxes and see a lot not being done. Why not allocate some for a worthy cause?? What's more important than taking care of our own? The children are our future.

Marian E (152)
Tuesday August 7, 2007, 12:16 am
This has been a long time coming and it needs to pass. The support needs to be both for foster care to allow these children time to finish high school and in transitional and independent living services after high school. In the event that a youth in foster care is unable to graduate from high school, the services must still be available to ensure that the youth is able to obtain some job training and independent living. This 3 year service extension alone could change the outcome for innumerable youth leaving the "system".

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Tuesday August 7, 2007, 6:41 am
as long as that is support without infringement on thier freedoms and rights...................

Esther S (45)
Tuesday August 7, 2007, 7:12 am
There probably has to be some reasonable infringements on their freedoms and rights. If they were not foster children but someone allowed someone to share (for rent) an apartment or a house with them there might be certain rules Even regular parents usually have rules also. For instance most parents would not want their children out partying all night. They also would probably restrict who their grown children can invite back for a sleep over in their bedroom.

Candy L (473)
Tuesday August 7, 2007, 8:47 am
I am glad she is trying to get the law changed here in California, but it still going to be hard for these kids to be on their own, the rents her in California are outrageous. My youngest son still lives with me, & neither of us could live on our own. He does have a job & pays half of everything.
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