Archive for Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Advocates concerned about foster care proposal

January 18, 2005


— A proposal to remove more than 750 youths from foster care raised concerns among family and child advocates today.

Under Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' proposed budget for the next fiscal year, foster care services to 634 youths who are 16- and 17-years old and were not abused or neglected, will be terminated from foster care.

Foster care services will also be terminated to 125 youth over the age of 18 who were in foster care prior to age 18.

The move is expected to save $3.8 million.

But advocates questioned the proposal and said if the Legislature adopts it then the state must make sure that those youths are receiving services they need.

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