Senator Favola has filed legislation to improve the chances of older children in the foster care system to get adopted and to better transition to educational and work opportunities. Unfortunately, the Governor is proposing a number of cuts to safety net programs for at-risk children, such as eliminating funding for Child Advocacy Centers. Restoration of these cuts will be a top priority for Senator Favola.
On Valentine's Day, my foster care re-entry bill passed out of the Senate unanimously. If voted into law in the House, this legislation will expand the options for young adults in the foster care program. Young adults between 18 and 21 will have 180 days rather than 60 days (the current time limit) to decide if they want to continue to receive foster care benefits.