Nebraska Lawmaker Asks State to Support Wards Until 21

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former Nebraska state wards and advocates are asking lawmakers to extend services for foster care youths that would allow them to receive assistance until they're 21.

Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill told the Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday that foster care youths leaving the system need state assistance because they're facing significant barriers while looking for employment and entering college.

State officials estimate that the plan would cost about $3.2 million in fiscal 2013. The federal government would contribute more than $3.5 million during the program's first year.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services opposes the bill. Child welfare division director Thomas Pristow says it would cost more than what has been projected to offer Medicaid and case management support to wards age 19-21.

KOLN-TV Call: (402) 467-4321 Toll-free: 1-800-475-1011 840 North 40th Lincoln, NE 68503 Email: KGIN-TV Call: (308) 382-6100 123 N Locust Street Grand Island, NE 68802 Email: KSNB-TV Toll free 888-475-1011 123 N. Locust St. Grand Island, NE 68802 Email :
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 189265061 -
Gray Television, Inc.