Bill aims to help foster kids aging out of care

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 10:05 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state senator says she has a solution to help foster care youth transition into adulthood.

Sen. Amanda McGill of Lincoln proposed a bill Tuesday that would help 19 and 20-year-old foster care youth find housing, Medicaid and case management assistance.

McGill says young people leaving the foster care system face significant barriers in looking for employment and entering college.

She says research shows these young adults have greater success transitioning into adulthood when they are supported with state services. McGill says offering support right out of foster care would save the state money down the road.

Nebraska Appleseed, a nonprofit public advocacy group, says it fully supports McGill's bill.

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