The education of children in foster care is one step in a long, needed march towards a future where we put all children first.
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In a time of unparalleled budget cuts and competition for limited resources, it is important to identify why this group should benefit from a privilege-like early/priority enrollment.
In the 50s and 60s this was typified by the "Adoption Project," which forced thousands of Washington State children into white homes in a mad dash to assimilate.
Shortsighted budgeting has befallen most public entitlements, including foster care. This despite years of research that has consistently shown that investing in children is met with positive returns.
Roughly 4,000 foster youth age out of California's foster care system every year. For most their 18th birthday is not so much a day of celebration as one of total isolation.
May is National Foster Care Month, a good time to reflect on the progress we can make in improving the lives of children in foster care by implementing the Fostering Connections Act.
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