La. House approves proposal to expand state's foster care system
A proposal that would expand the state’s foster care system passed the House in an 87-1 vote and now heads to the governor’s desk.
Sponsored by Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, the bill would extend Louisiana’s foster care program for young adults up to 21, instead of aging them out at 18.
The proposal would cost the state $3 million, but the Edwards administration indicated it would support the bill as long as it was backed by the Legislature.
To remain in the program, participants would have to be employed, involved in job training or enrolled in educational courses, or have medical documentation if unable to meet the requirements.